The book offers a critical study of new characteristics and unique practices of Chinese psychology and cultural tradition, highlighting the embodied, holistic, heart–based approach to mental health. Drawing together voices from her own research and a broad range of theory, Jie Yang addresses the mental health of a diverse array of people, including members of China′s elite, the middle class and underprivileged groups. She argues that the Chinese government aligns psychology with the imperatives and interests of state and market, mobilizing concepts of mental illness to resolve social, moral, economic, and political disorders while legitimating the continued rule of the party through psychological care and permissive empathy.
This thoughtful analysis will appeal to those across the social sciences and humanities interested in well–being in China and the intersection of society, politics, culture, and mental health.
- Introduction: China s Mental Health Crisis ?
- 1. Mental Health and Mental Illness: Concepts and Contradictions
- 2. New Chinese Mental Illnesses
- 3. Gender, Class, and Mental Health
- 4. Stigma and Control
- 5. Psychopharmacology, Subjectivity, and Psychiatric Hospital Care
- 6. Counseling and Indigenous Psychology
- 7. Happiness and Psychological Self–Help
- Conclusion: Psychologization and Therapeutic Governance
Arthur Kleinman, Harvard University "Mental health in twenty first century China is a significant challenge. The pursuit of wellbeing has been mobilized as a state project while embraced by it′s citizens. Yang offers critical insights onto contemporary experiences of distress and the local forms of healing that have proliferated in response to deep anxieties."
Nancy Chen, University of California Santa Cruz