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Dissociation and spirit possession in non-western countries: Notes towards a common research agenda

ByLESLIE SWARTZ

Roughly a century after the pioneering work of Janet and Freud, there has been a return to an interest in dissociation. This interest has been tied not only to an apparent increase in dissociation in the consulting room but also to central concerns of post-modernity ± questions of fragmentation, disputed identity, interpersonal violence and trauma. Dissociative identity disorder, apart from being the stuff of television talk shows, internet romances and popular literature, has become the fractured mirror within which we see ourselves refracted at the turn of the century.