Voices from the Inside: Readings on the Experiences of Mental Illness

Voices from the Inside: Readings on the Experiences of Mental Illness

by David A. Karp
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195370457

ISBN-13: 9780195370454

Pub. Date: 07/02/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

One of sociology's most important missions is giving voice to those whose experiences are typically otherwise blunted, marginalized, or simply ignored. Featuring memorable, first-person accounts of mentally ill individuals, Voices from the Inside: Readings on the Experiences of Mental Illness allows students to connect directly with real-life "experts"

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One of sociology's most important missions is giving voice to those whose experiences are typically otherwise blunted, marginalized, or simply ignored. Featuring memorable, first-person accounts of mentally ill individuals, Voices from the Inside: Readings on the Experiences of Mental Illness allows students to connect directly with real-life "experts" who know mental illness all too intimately.

This unique anthology addresses a variety of central topics surrounding mental illness, including suicide, hospitalization, the meanings of medication, the experiences of caregivers, and the stigma attached to mental illness. Each section of readings opens with a "sensitizing" introduction that outlines key questions, specific matters for student consideration, and ways in which social scientists approach relevant substantive issues. The thought-provoking discussion questions following each set of readings are designed to foster vibrant class discussion.

Comprehensive enough to be used throughout a course—but brief enough to be combined with other supplementary materials or a full-scale textbook—Voices from the Inside is ideal for upper-level undergraduate or graduate courses on the sociology of mental health and illness. It can also be used in courses in medical sociology, social work and mental health, nursing and mental health, and abnormal psychology.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195370454
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/02/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,030,439
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Each Part opens with an Editors' Introduction
Giving Voice to the Mentally Ill
PART I. THE ILLNESS EXPERIENCE
1. An Unwelcome Career, David A. Karp
2. Flights of the Mind, Kay Redfield Jamison
3. The Eden Express, Mark Vonnegut
4. The Center Cannot Hold, Elyn R. Saks
5. The Auto Accident That Never Was, Judith Rappaport
6. Denial and Addiction, Caroline Knapp
PART II. CAREGIVERS SPEAK
7. Everything Falls Apart, Clea Simon
8. In Sickness and in Health, David A. Karp
PART III. HOSPITALIZATION
9. The Looney Bin Trip, Kate Millet
10. The Quiet Room, Lori Schiller
PART IV. THE MEANINGS OF MEDICATION
11. Prozac Diary, Lauren Slater
12. Teens Talk, David A. Karp
PART V. THE REALITY OF SUICIDE
13. No Time to Say Goodbye, Carla Fine
PART VI. The Stigma of Mental Illness
14. To Tell or Not to Tell, Carol Owen
15. Depressives in the Lounge, Sharon O'Brien
PART VII. IN THE COMMUNITY
16. The Ninth Floor, Pete Earley
17. 9 Highland Road, Michael Winerip
PART VIII. RECOVERING
18. Undercurrents, Martha Manning
19. Wasted, Marya Hornbacher

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