|Title||Jinn, psychiatry and contested notions of misfortune among East London Bangladeshis|
|Authors||Dein, S., Alexander, M. and Napier, A.D.|
This study examines understandings of misfortune among east London Bangladeshis, particularly with respect to the role of jinn spirits. It reports on the findings of ethnographic interviews among 40 members of this community. Appeal to jinn explanations is commonplace at times of psychological disturbance and unexplained physical symptoms. Resort to traditional healers is frequent. These explanations are contested by different groups in the community. The findings are examined within the context of a discourse on tradition and modernity with particular emphasis on Islam and modernity. Copyright 2008 SAGE Publications. All rights reserved. Not for commercial use or unauthorized distribution.
|Keywords||Bangladeshis, east London, folk psychiatry, mental illness, traditional healers|
|Journal citation||35 (1), pp. 31-55|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1177/1363461507087997|