Compare Foucault and Goffman

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I compare and contrast the work of Foucault and Goffman – methodologically and theoretically – at length in this essay I wrote for a contemporary theory seminar, one of the first graduate level classes I took during my honors degree.  Both famous theorists examine “madness”.  Interestingly, Foucault studied under Goffman at one point.  See if you can point out other similarities. … Read More

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More “Fear and Loathing in Iquitos”, and Ayahuasca/DMT Investigations (“Heaven Earth” and “DMT: The Spirit Molecule” full-length documentaries)

jenniferlreimerAcademic Work, Documentaries, Transcend

There has recently been a resurgence of discussion on one of the papers in my “academic work” section, here on Practice of Madness: “Fear and Loathing in Iquitos: Cynicism, Sincerity, and the Commercialization of Shamanism“.  The ethnography and following discussion, which may be accessed by clicking on the link above, was written in and after my trip to Peru in … Read More

jenniferlreimerMore “Fear and Loathing in Iquitos”, and Ayahuasca/DMT Investigations (“Heaven Earth” and “DMT: The Spirit Molecule” full-length documentaries)

Among Hungry Ghosts: Introduction

jenniferlreimerAcademia is Nuts!, Academic Work, Mad Society, Other Survivors, Transcend

When did I get here, why did I come? I think it was the Same day that my dad told me that I “need a new life”.  The Words slipped out by accident.  Funny how what’s most accurate is often a fluke. I decided to put my (limited as they may be, Doctor Heidi Rimke) credentials to work, immersing myself in … Read More

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Street Sociology… Inside Canada’s Poorest Postal Code

jenniferlreimerAcademic Work, Laughter = Survival, Other Survivors, Transcend

I’m “in the field” right now, hence the lack of new posts.  Over the next weeks you can expect… A humorous and disturbing look at the latest male pick-up move…ladies, have you been victim to this lewd act that spans generations, and is apparently the new standard advance in the straight dating world?  Hint: Reflecting the laziness, lack of creativity, … Read More

jenniferlreimerStreet Sociology… Inside Canada’s Poorest Postal Code

A Call for a More Radical Neuroethics: The Case of Pediatric Bipolar Disorder

jenniferlreimerAcademic Work, Child Psychiatry

A Call for a More Radical Neuroethics: The Case of Pediatric Bipolar Disorder The simultaneous occurrence of interest in academia – with the publishing of several new journals devoted to the topic of child psychiatry, a sudden increase of mainstream “self-help” genre books for parents and educators, the initial proliferation of medicating children with drugs never approved for use on … Read More

jenniferlreimerA Call for a More Radical Neuroethics: The Case of Pediatric Bipolar Disorder

Revved-Up: Expeditions with Emily Martin

jenniferlreimerAcademic Work, Bipolar

This is an essay I finally finished last week, on Emily Martin’s Bipolar Expeditions and The Woman in the Body.  I’ve spoken a lot here about the first book, in particular, while I’ve been working on this, and here’s the finished product!  I hope you enjoy it, as I got a lot of feedback from others who are fans of … Read More

jenniferlreimerRevved-Up: Expeditions with Emily Martin

Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath biographies, 2002

jenniferlreimerAcademic Work, Feminism and Madness, My Favourite Authors

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(Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath helped me survive that year of my graduation, 2002.  Before I decided to become a sociologist, I planned to study literature and poetry.) 15 March 2002 A poem is defined as a metrical composition concerned with feeling or imaginative description.  Women have most likely been writing poems since the very beginnings of time, in effort … Read More

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on the illusion of choice, 2004

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(oh dear…for the first sociological theory class I ever took, we had to write the usual paper about one theorist’s ideas.  We were somewhat limited, having to pick a piece from a textbook that was comprised of several 5-6 page excerpts from original works.  I really wanted to write about advertising.  The only theorist who spoke explicitly about advertising was … Read More

jenniferlreimeron the illusion of choice, 2004

Fear and Loathing in Iquitos: Cynicism, Sincerity, and the Commercialization of Shamanism.

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Update, July 16, 2010: For another perspective on this check out this excellent blog, from “stillmind”! Fear and Loathing in Lima and Iquitos: Cynicism, Sincerity, and the Commercialization of Shamanism Introduction During the summer of 2009, a number of coincidences led to me exploring Shamanism and traditional healing methods, including the use of “Ayahuasca” – a herbal drink that is … Read More

jenniferlreimerFear and Loathing in Iquitos: Cynicism, Sincerity, and the Commercialization of Shamanism.

She Must Be Crazy: Psychiatric Discourse, The “Personality Disorders”, and the Social Regulation of Subversive Women

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She Must Be Crazy: Psychiatric Discourse, The “Personality Disorders”, and the Social Regulation of Deviant Women “I have gone out, a possessed witch, haunting the black air, braver at night; dreaming evil, I have done my hitch over the plain houses, light by light: lonely thing, twelve-fingered, out of mind. A woman like that is not a woman, quite. I … Read More

jenniferlreimerShe Must Be Crazy: Psychiatric Discourse, The “Personality Disorders”, and the Social Regulation of Subversive Women

“The Trial”

jenniferlreimerAcademic Work, Mad Society, Poetry, Prose, Personal

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Last year I had the opportunity to go to the notorious “Greyhound Bus Beheader” trial in Winnipeg as a research assistant.  The murder of 22 year-old Tim McLean was committed by Vincent Li, a 40 year-old Chinese immigrant to Canada, when he had a psychotic break in August 2008.  If you haven’t heard of the case, you can read a … Read More

jenniferlreimer“The Trial”

The “Mood Tracker Diary”, brought to you by Eli-Lily and Benjamin Rush.

jenniferlreimer"Health Care", Academic Work, Bipolar, Sociology of Medicine

I’ve been wanting to write about “mood tracking” and these 10 point scales upon which we are supposed to place our daily experience of life for some time. They annoy the @%$& out of me. I was first handed a “mood tracker diary” during my first hospitalization.  The brand name “Eli-Lily” was shamelessly emblazoned on the front of it, as … Read More

jenniferlreimerThe “Mood Tracker Diary”, brought to you by Eli-Lily and Benjamin Rush.

Pediatric Bipolar Disorder: Psychiatry’s Newest Creation (“Discovery”)

jenniferlreimerAcademic Work, Bipolar, Child Psychiatry

I am reposting this for anyone who wasn’t able to view it during the week, as I think making this information known is so important.  A new post is on the way, but please read this in the meantime, if you haven’t already. When I wrote the proposal for my M.A. Thesis in 2008, on the new phenomenon of “Bipolar … Read More

jenniferlreimerPediatric Bipolar Disorder: Psychiatry’s Newest Creation (“Discovery”)

“Alcoholics Anonymous as Moral Regulation.”

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You are welcome to use it for research, but be sure to properly cite anything you take from it using: (Reimer:2008). Otherwise you are at risk of plagiarism, an indictable offense. Note that I give this warning because of the few bad apples that would do such a thing, not because of the vast majority that would not consider it. … Read More

jenniferlreimer“Alcoholics Anonymous as Moral Regulation.”

“Though this be madness, yet there is method in it…”

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An introduction to researching “madness”, and two of the pioneers of the sociology of medicine… Goffman and Foucault: Researching Madness “Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t.” – Hamlet (Shakespeare 73) Introduction The word madness initiates a vivid image.  The phenomenon of madness – not knowing up from down, right from wrong, fantasy from reality – occupies space … Read More

jenniferlreimer“Though this be madness, yet there is method in it…”