Pathology and the Postmodern: Mental Illness as Discourse and Experience

Pathology and the Postmodern: Mental Illness as Discourse and Experience

by Dwight Fee
     
 

ISBN-10: 0761952527

ISBN-13: 9780761952527

Pub. Date: 02/11/2000

Publisher: SAGE Publications

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

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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761952527
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
02/11/2000
Series:
Inquiries in Social Construction Series
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

PART ONE: INTRODUCTION

The Broken Dialogue

PART TWO: PSYCHIATRIC DISCOURSE AND MENTAL LIFE IN POSTMODERN SPACES

Escape from Insanity

Performing Methods

The Project of Pathology

PART THREE: PATHOLOGY AND SELFHOOD: NEW AND CONTESTED SUBJECTIVITIES

The Self

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

Women's Madness

Grammar and the Brain

Does a Story Need a Theory? Understanding the Methodology of Narrative Therapy

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