Bedlam on the Streets

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What happens when the mentally disturbed are let out of hospitals and there is nowhere for them to go? This hard-hitting and controversial new book traces the terms on which in the mentally ill occupy the city streets, homeless shelters, shopping areas, and fast food outlets. This social geography of the mentally ill is situated within the broader parameters of systems on social welfare and globalization. Using Montreal as a case study, Caroline Knowles argues that the community must take responsibility for their own neglect of these ill people. Bedlam on the Streets is a richly textured work that combines stark photographic images with the ill's own voice.
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In researching Montreal's "liberal" mental health system with an interdisciplinary team from the city's Concordia U., Knowles (sociology, U. of Southampton) found fragmented community services mediated by race, ethnicity, gender, and values about urban space. Includes visual and narrative images of "strategies of representation" by those struggling to survive on the street. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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'Bedlam more than succeeds ... its methodological plurality and ethico-political standpoint work together admirably.' - Sociology
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415232982
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/28/2000
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

List of plates
Introduction 1
1 Voice, image and text 9
2 Madness and the grammar of urban space 29
3 Interior space, aesthetics and subjectivities 57
4 Living in transit 83
5 'Schizophrenic' lives 100
6 Dangerousness and endangerment 134
Conclusion 151
App: Brief biographical notes 162
Notes 168
Bibliography 175
Index 178
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