Eating Drugs: Psychopharmaceutical Pluralism in IndiaEcksStefan

Kottai, Sudarshan R. and Ranganathan, Shubha (2017) Eating Drugs: Psychopharmaceutical Pluralism in IndiaEcksStefan. In: Psychology and Developing Societies. Sage, pp. 301-305.

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Abstract

The dominance of psychiatric practice in India and the relatively obscured homeopathic and Ayurvedic practices are the major issues explicated in Ecks’ Eating Drugs: Psychopharmaceutical Pluralism in India. Overcoming patients’ resistance to compliance is a major task of the Kolkata psychiatrists interviewed by Ecks, and they sought to deal with this by positing drugs as ‘mind food’. Ayurveda and homeopathy are also gradually sidelining their own philosophies and falling in line with biomedicine with respect to commodification and marketing of drugs. The biopolitics involved in the rising mood disorders in India and the concomitant increase in the prescription of mood medications is evidenced by the propagation of a ‘global monoculture of happiness’ by pharmaceutical companies, who instil the notion that pills have solutions to all social ills.

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Ranganathan, Shubhahttp://orcid.org/0000-0002-6954-2727
Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Biopolitics, biomedical psychiatry, anthropology of biomedicine, medical pluralism, globalisation, mental health
Subjects: Social sciences > Sociology
Divisions: Department of Liberal Arts
Depositing User: Team Library
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2017 06:15
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2017 06:15
URI: http://raiith.iith.ac.in/id/eprint/3673
Publisher URL: http://doi.org/10.1177/0971333617716850
OA policy: http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/0971-3336/
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