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Kenyon College

Publication Date

Spring 2016

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Bolivia: Multiculturalism, Globalization, and Social Change

Abstract

Este ensayo explora el concepto de salud mental en Bolivia y discute cómo las creencias ancestrales y el catolicismo determinan el entendimiento boliviano sobre la salud. También se toma en cuenta el rol de la salud mental en la migración interna y la tensión entre el estilo de vida rural y urbano. En base a mis experiencias en un centro de terapia alternativa y un hospital psiquiátrico católico, voy a comunicar algunas maneras en que se recibe e implementa la psicología occidental en la sociedad boliviana.

This paper explores mental health in Bolivia and discusses how both ancestral beliefs and Catholicism shape a national view of health. The role of mental health in internal migration and tension between urban and rural lifestyles will also be taken into account. I draw from experiences in an alternative therapy center and a Catholic psychiatric hospital to communicate some ways that Western psychology is implemented and received in Bolivian society.

Disciplines

Community-Based Learning | Family, Life Course, and Society | Latin American Studies | Medicine and Health | Mental and Social Health | Other Mental and Social Health | Regional Sociology | Rural Sociology | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Sociology of Religion

 

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