The Social Control of Mental Illness

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In this book Allan Horwitz views mental illness within a sociological framework of deviance and social control and evaluates communal and individualistic styles of therapeutic control. His new prologue updates the work in the context of significant changes in the American response to mental illness, including the process of psychiatric diagnosis, conceptions of mental illness, and the dynamics of the mental health professions.

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Overview

In this book Allan Horwitz views mental illness within a sociological framework of deviance and social control and evaluates communal and individualistic styles of therapeutic control. His new prologue updates the work in the context of significant changes in the American response to mental illness, including the process of psychiatric diagnosis, conceptions of mental illness, and the dynamics of the mental health professions.

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Editorial Reviews

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"In presenting us with pieces of a theory explaining how social control works, Horwitz has contributed a thoroughly sociological analysis of mental disorder in societies." Peter Conrad in Social Forces "[A] significant contribution to the study of mental illness. . . . [C]lear and forceful." Michael S. Goldstein in Contemporary Sociology "I found The Social Control of Mental Illness to be extremely useful to me, both as a professional sourcebook . . . and in the classroom. I like it; students like it. I now have the opportunity of recommending it to colleagues." Carol A. B. Warren in Sociology and Social Research "An intelligently conceived, well-written, and well-organized book about people who label other people mentally ill." Choice: Current Reviews of Academic Libraries
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The original edition appeared in 1982, at what the author calls in his new prologue "a critical turning point in the social response to mental illness in Western societies." Horwitz (Rutgers U.) views mental illness from the sociological perspective of deviance and social control, and examines communal and individualistic styles of therapeutic social control. Percheron Press is the reprint imprint of Eliot Werner Publications. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780971242760
  • Publisher: Eliot Werner Publications
  • Publication date: 12/22/2010
  • Series: Foundations of Sociology Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Allan V. Horwitz, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey

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Table of Contents

Prologue to the Percheron Press Edition Chapter 1. Introduction Chapter 2. The Meaning of Mental Illness Chapter 3. The Recognition of Mental Illness Chapter 4. The Labelers of Mental Illness Chapter 5. The Reaction to Mental Illness Chapter 6. The Nature of Therapeutic Social Control Chapter 7. Communal Styles of Therapeutic Social Control Chapter 8. Individualistic Styles of Therapeutic Social Control References Subject Index

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