Bridging the Gap between the Psychiatric Sector and the Social Sciences – Azza Ahmed Abd al-Aziz

Bridging the Gap between the Psychiatric Sector and the Social Sciences: The Position of Internal Displacement within the Debate

Azza A.A. Aziz

anthropologue, SOAS, Londres

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This paper is based on my experience conducting research in Khartoum North Hospital for Nervous Disorders and within diverse communities of Internally Displaced Persons in Khartoum. It strives to highlight some queries about the nature of healing and how it forges an understanding of the relationships of people from different backgrounds living in Khartoum. The paper will explore the role of medical practice in general and psychiatric care in particular in the generation of understandings of suffering and ill-health. It also clarifies how they impact on the lives of patients and how this casts a special focus on aspects of the situation of internally displaced people from Southern Sudan.

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