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Carl Denig

Carl Denig
Name
Carl Denig
Address
Edinburgh UK
Email
Research Interests
Anthropology of psychiatry, Medical Anthropology, Comparative/Historical Sociology, Social psychology, Qualitative research methods, Sociology of knowledge and science, Classification, Diagnosis, Psychotherapy, Personality Disorders, Narcissism
URL
http://www.sociology.ed.ac.uk/people/recent_graduates/carl_denig

My present research interests are in the ways in which psychiatric diagnoses, particularly narcissistic personality disorder, are understood and have been deployed or withheld. Through a comparative study of North America and German-speaking Europe, I have examined the ways in which a practitioner's theoretical orientation shapes their understanding of and psychotherapeutic approach towards pathological narcissism. 

Other work has included a quantitative study of desertion amongst Indiana infantrymen in the US Civil War (currently in preparation).  Broadly speaking, I am interested in a sociology which does not simply rely on "social construction" as an "explanation" of everything, but rather one which takes other fields (e.g. psychiatry) seriously.  Social psychology, comparative/historical sociology, and qualitative methods form the core of my research interests.

I have previously received an MA in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in Sociology and Economics (Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of Pittsburgh.