Journal title RIVISTA SPERIMENTALE DI FRENIATRIA
Author/s Francesco Paolella
Publishing Year 2017 Issue 2017/3 Language Italian
Pages 16 P. 93-108 File size 711 KB
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The psychiatrist Michele Risso (1927-1981) is now considered one of the pioneers of Italian ethnopsychiatry. In an essay, written with Wolfgang Böker and published in German in 1964, Risso studies the so-called "witchcraft delusion", a distinctive way young migrant men - coming from Southern Italy and working in the German part of Switzerland - expressed their psychological distress. The author highlights Risso’s cultural connections with Ernesto De Martino (Italian philosopher, anthropologist and historian of religions). Risso made use of De Martino’s methodology - analysis and selection of clinical cases - and of his interpretation of magical thinking.
Keywords: Michele Risso, magical thinking, trans-cultural psychiatry, clinical cases, emigration.
Francesco Paolella, Il "delirio di sortilegio" e la ricerca di Michele Risso in "RIVISTA SPERIMENTALE DI FRENIATRIA" 3/2017, pp 93-108, DOI: 10.3280/RSF2017-003007