Pathology and the Postmodern: Mental Illness as Discourse and Experience

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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.

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
1 The Broken Dialogue: Mental Illness as Discourse and Experience 1
2 Escape from Insanity: 'Mental Disorder' in the Postmodern Moment 18
3 Performing Methods: History, Hysteria, and the New Science of Psychiatry 49
4 The Project of Pathology: Reflexivity and Depression in Elizabeth Wurtzel's Prozac Nation 74
5 The Self: Transfiguration by Technology 100
6 Modernists at Heart? Postmodern Artistic 'Breakdowns' and the Question of Identity 116
7 A Dangerous Symbolic Mobility: Narratives of Borderline Personality Disorder 141
8 Is It Me or Is it Prozac? Antidepressants and the Construction of Self 163
9 Psychological Distress and Postmodern Thought 186
10 Women's Madness: A Material-Discursive-Intrapsychic Approach 207
11 Grammar and the Brain 231
12 Does a Story Need a Theory? Understanding the Methodology of Narrative Therapy 248
Index 263
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