Psychiatric Ideologies and Institutions

Psychiatric Ideologies and Institutions

by Anselm L. Strauss
     
 

The authors of this volume point out that what is ordinarily termed the psychiatric hospital's "social structure" is principally derived from three sources: the number and kinds of professionals who work there; the treatment ideologies and professional identities of these professionals; and the relationships of the institution and its

Overview

The authors of this volume point out that what is ordinarily termed the psychiatric hospital's "social structure" is principally derived from three sources: the number and kinds of professionals who work there; the treatment ideologies and professional identities of these professionals; and the relationships of the institution and its professionals to outside communities, both professional and lay. They describe hospitals as sites where ideological battles characterizing the mental health arena are being fought, implemented, critiqued, modified, and transformed.

This classic monograph in medical sociology was originally published in the 1960s. The period studied was 1958 through 1963, when somatic and psychotherapeutic ideologies were flourishing—as now—and milieutherapy was just emerging. The research team was multidisciplinary: three sociologists, one psychologist, and one psychiatrist.

Three distinct psychiatric environments were researched: two at the Chicago State Hospital—"chronic services" and "treatment services"—and one at a private hospital. What evolved were thoughtful comparative analyses of hospitals, wards, professionals, ideological positions, careers, and organizational and situational placements.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780878557851
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
01/01/1981
Series:
Social Sciences Classics Series
Pages:
418
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Anselm Strauss (1916-1996) was an American medical sociologist and professor at the University of Chicago. He was elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1980.

Leonard Schatzman is professor of sociology, University of California, San Francisco.

Rue Bucher is professor of sociology, University of Illinois, Chicago Circle.

Danuta Ehrlich is currently in private practice of clinical psychology and on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Northwestern University Medical School.

Melvin Sabshin is medical director, American Psychiatric Association, Washington, D.C.

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