Spiritual and religious experience in psychiatry: The construction of mental pathology GAAV IAA701970601
In the proposed two-years research we suggest to study how psychiatry encounters the phenomena of hearing voices, quasi/spiritual and quasi/religious experiences. Using qualitative data from interviews and ethnographical observations in psychiatric facilities, we will focus on individual illness trajectories, encounters of patients with psychiatric professionals and practical institutional and material arrangements of the treatment. BY revealing how religiosity and mental disease are jointly and practically performed by means of contemporary psychiatry, in the resulted case studies on mental patients we intend to better understand how the spiritual and religious experiences of mental patients are translated into the psychiatric language, what are medical, social and political consequences of these processes and what religiosity, spirituality and mental illness is. We would like to contribute, by our research, to cultivtion of contemporary and future reforms of psychiatry.