Psychology, Discourse And Social Practice: From Regulation To Resistance / Edition 1

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Overview

What damage does psychology do to people's lives, and what can we do about it? How do we recognise and support resistance? Written by expert practitioners-researchers, this co-authored book explores how psychology legislates on normality and then uses its "expert" knowledge to turn social marginalisation into pathology.
Chapters address a range of cultural and institutional arenas in which inequalities structured around categories of gender, "race", class and sexuality are reproduced by psychological practices: from self-help books to special hospitals, from school exclusions to Gender Identity Clinics, from mothering magazines to mental health services. But far from just documenting the damage, this book identifies the ways in which both professionals and users of services can act to counter psychology's abuses. As practical intervention as well as theoretical critique, Psychology, Discourse and Social Practice offers tangible examples of how change can be effected. This book will be of interest to advanced undergraduates and postgraduates in psychology, health, education and welfare disciplines. It is also relevant to social workers and education and health professionals, as well as professional psychologists.

Feminist therapy, psychology in education, women & high security mental hospitals, black women in mental health, etc

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780748405046
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/1/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments and permissions
Ch. 1 Psychology discourse practice: From regulation to resistance 1
Ch. 2 'I have depression, don't I?': Discourses of help and self-help books 17
Ch. 3 Pathologizing children: Psychology in education and acts of government 37
Ch. 4 Feminist therapy and its discontents 55
Ch. 5 The present absence/pathologized presence of black women in mental health services 75
Ch. 6 Special women, special places: Women and high security mental hospitals 96
Ch. 7 Constructing a narrative: Moral discourse and young people's experiences of exclusion 114
Ch. 8 Whose expertize? Conceptualizing resistance to advice about childrearing 133
Ch. 9 Come to the carnival: Women's humour as transgression and resistance 152
Ch. 10 The rhetorics of gender identity clinics: Transsexuals and other boundary objects 170
Postscripts 193
The authors 202
References 204
Index 225
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