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Emotional climates: Ritual, seasonality and affective disorders

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Harrison, Simon (2004) Emotional climates: Ritual, seasonality and affective disorders. JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL ANTHROPOLOGICAL INSTITUTE, 10 (3). pp. 583-602. [Journal article]

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This article discusses resemblances between the religious symbolism of the annual cycle in certain societies, and seasonally linked mood disorders (notably seasonal affective disorder, or SAD) in contemporary Europe and North America.Two conclusions are drawn: first, that the ritual and symbolism connected with seasonality in some societies may be partly motivated by neurophysiology; second, that SAD is a culture-bound syndrome limited to societies that generate disjunctions between `social' and `natural' time.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Psychology
ID Code:1560
Deposited By:Mrs Fiona Harkin
Deposited On:23 Dec 2009 09:17
Last Modified:16 Nov 2013 22:33

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