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Pathology and the Postmodern: Mental Illness as Discourse and Experience

Pathology and the Postmodern: Mental Illness as Discourse and Experience

ISBN 9780761952534
Edition 1
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Publisher SAGE Publications Ltd
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Overview
Pathology and the Postmodern explores the relationship between mental distress and social constructionism using new work from eminent scholars in the fields of sociology, psychology and philosophy. While not seeking to replace medical, psychological or other clinical viewpoints, the authors rework modernist assumptions about the phenomenology of mental dysfunction to reinvigorate the dialogue about mental illness in a time of bio-medical rationalization. The book addresses:- how specific cultural, economic and historical forces converge in contemporary psychiatry and psychology;- how new syndromes, subjectivities and identities are being constructed and deconstructed in technological, culturally mediated and hyper-reflexive contexts;- what new critiques of positivism and new understandings of `pathology' seem viable, given these still emerging scenarios.Building upon work in such areas as labelling theory, feminist studies, linguistics, and post-structuralism, the twelve chapters engage the cultural, historical and political conditions that should be implicated in our understanding of contemporary mental suffering. An important theme of the book is that discourse produces real subjective experience, and that experience feeds back on the realm of ideas and narrative.The book will be of interest to scholars, clinicians and students with an interest in social constructionist accounts of mental illness.
Overview
Pathology and the Postmodern explores the relationship between mental distress and social constructionism using new work from eminent scholars in the fields of sociology, psychology and philosophy. While not seeking to replace medical, psychological or other clinical viewpoints, the authors rework modernist assumptions about the phenomenology of mental dysfunction to reinvigorate the dialogue about mental illness in a time of bio-medical rationalization. The book addresses:- how specific cultural, economic and historical forces converge in contemporary psychiatry and psychology;- how new syndromes, subjectivities and identities are being constructed and deconstructed in technological, culturally mediated and hyper-reflexive contexts;- what new critiques of positivism and new understandings of `pathology' seem viable, given these still emerging scenarios.Building upon work in such areas as labelling theory, feminist studies, linguistics, and post-structuralism, the twelve chapters engage the cultural, historical and political conditions that should be implicated in our understanding of contemporary mental suffering. An important theme of the book is that discourse produces real subjective experience, and that experience feeds back on the realm of ideas and narrative.The book will be of interest to scholars, clinicians and students with an interest in social constructionist accounts of mental illness.
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