Pathology and the Postmodern: Mental Illness as Discourse and Experienceby Dwight Fee
Pub. Date: 02/11/2000
Publisher: SAGE Publications
The authors address: how specific cultural, economic and historical forces converge in contemporary psychiatry and psychology; how new syndromes, subjectivities and
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.
The authors address: 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; and what new critiques of positivism and new understandings of `pathology' seem viable, given these still emerging scenarios.
Building upon work in such areas as labeling 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.
Table of ContentsPART ONE: INTRODUCTION
The Broken Dialogue
PART TWO: PSYCHIATRIC DISCOURSE AND MENTAL LIFE IN POSTMODERN SPACES
Escape from Insanity
The Project of Pathology
PART THREE: PATHOLOGY AND SELFHOOD: NEW AND CONTESTED SUBJECTIVITIES
Modernists at Heart? Postmodern Artist Breakdowns and the Question of Identity
A Dangerous Symbolic Mobility
Is it Me or Is it Prozac? Antidepressants and the Construction of Self
PART FOUR: TOWARD NEW APPROACHES: EPISTEMOLOGY, RESEARCH, POLITICS
Psychological Distress and Postmodern Thought
Grammar and the Brain
Does a Story Need a Theory? Understanding the Methodology of Narrative Therapy
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