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Other research product . 2022

Finding the Folklore in the Annals of Psychiatry

Davies, Owen;
English
Published: 10 Mar 2022
Country: United Kingdom
Abstract

The rise of the folklore movement in the nineteenth century coincided with the development of psychiatry as a discipline and as a profession. There is no evidence of folklorists visiting asylums for source material, and most psychiatrists showed little interest in the beliefs of their patients, but they both recorded folklore. While early folklorists were attracted to the new scholarly discipline of psychology, and later to psychoanalysis, it was actually the psychiatrists who left behind the most valuable archive of popular mentalities for contemporary folklorists to explore.

© 2022 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial No Derivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/)

Peer reviewed

Subjects

Cultural Studies, Anthropology, History

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