Melina Salvador

Grant Type

Dissertation Fieldwork Grant

Institutional Affiliation

California, San Francisco, U. of

Grant number

Gr. 9431

Approve Date

April 18, 2017

Project Title

Salvador, Melina A., U. of California, San Francisco, CA - To aid research on 'Anticipating Psychosis in the Family: An Ethnographic Study of Kinship and Psychiatric Expertise,' supervised by Dr. Ian Whitmarsh

Preliminary abstract: Recently, the US has seen a proliferation of community-based early psychosis clinics serving young people who may be experiencing warning signs or early symptoms of psychotic illness. My research brings together two classic areas of anthropological scholarship, anthropology of mental illness and anthropology of kinship, to address the complex dynamics between this emerging category of early psychosis, the young people who it seeks to describe, and their families. Building on contemporary reconsiderations of kinship, I ask how familial modes of knowing are incorporated into the category and how prognosticated psychosis produces new notions of family. This ethnographic study works across three interrelated domains, scientific knowledge, the clinic, and adolescent daily life, and strives to contribute to anthropological theories of psychosis, family and adolescence.