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"Susto" Revisited: Illness as Strategic Role
Vol. 1, No. 2 (May, 1974), pp. 369-378
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/643555
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Several studies have suggested that susto is a response to some kinds of social situations. Now it is possible to consider what susto offers as a strategic role. First, adult susto is distinguished from the disease suffered by children, because although children play the role, they do not name it: adults diagnose the illness in children and give it meaning. Concluding a discussion of the strategic advantages and disadvantages of both adult and childhood susto, it is proposed that we eventually must attend how the role evolves from personal fiction into reality.
American Ethnologist © 1974 American Anthropological Association