Pathology And The Postmodern / Edition 1

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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 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. 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761952534
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 2/1/2000
  • Series: Inquiries in Social Construction Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

PART ONE: INTRODUCTION
The Broken Dialogue - Dwight Fee
Mental Illness as Discourse and Experience
PART TWO: PSYCHIATRIC DISCOURSE AND MENTAL LIFE IN POSTMODERN SPACES
Escape from Insanity - Simon Gottschalk
'Mental Disorder' in the Postmodern Moment
Performing Methods - Jackie Orr
History, Hysteria and the New Science of Psychiatry
The Project of Pathology - Dwight Fee
Reflexivity and Depression in Elizabeth Wurtzel's /f003Prozac Nation
PART THREE: PATHOLOGY AND SELFHOOD: NEW AND CONTESTED SUBJECTIVITIES
The Self - Kenneth J Gergen
Transfiguration by Technology
Modernists at Heart? Postmodern Artist Breakdowns and the Question of Identity - Mark Freeman
A Dangerous Symbolic Mobility - Janet Wirth-Cauchon
Narratives of Borderline Personality Disorder
Is it Me or Is it Prozac? Antidepressants and the Construction of Self - John P Hewitt, Michael R Fraser and Leslie Beth Berger
PART FOUR: TOWARD NEW APPROACHES: EPISTEMOLOGY, RESEARCH, POLITICS
Psychological Distress and Postmodern Thought - Vivian Burr and Trevor Butt
Women's Madness - Jane Ussher
A Material-Discursive-Intrapsychic Approach
Grammar and the Brain - S R Sabat and Rom Harr[ac]e
Does a Story Need a Theory? Understanding the Methodology of Narrative Therapy - Fred Newman

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2000

    about my book

    (I have to give it 5 stars - it's my book!) Anyway, the idea behind this book was to reinvigorate the dialogue about the conceptualization, treatment, and phenomenology of mental disorder in an era of growing medicalization. The volume draws upon thinking in the broad areas of social constructionism and postmodernism in an effort to link the discourse and contemporary experience of mental illness to the cultural, political, and epistemological changes we have witnessed since the anti-psychiatry movement in the 1960s and 70s. The twelve chapters (six written by sociologists, four by psychologists and two by philosophers) examine such topics as: the expansion of market-based psychopharmacology; an emerging radical self-reflexivity around clinical syndromes like depression; new feminist appraisals of psychiatry; and the relationship between technology, postmodern culture, and the subjective experience of psychiatric illness. As a whole, the book understands mental illness as fundamentally a problem of knowledge. It does this through addressing the ways in which our moods, selves, and bodies are increasingly configured within a close dialectical relationship with medical and psychological science, as well as with the cultural and historical changes that challenge the positivist-scientific paradigm itself.

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