Anti-psychiatry' is a movement more sloganized than analysed. Until now it has been associated in the English-speaking world primarily with R.D. Laing and a coterie of his associates, and a radical critique not just of psychiatric hospitalization but of the very premises of psychiatry itself and the basic institutions of society, especially the family.But are these notions accurate, or rather distorted images, created by Laing himself or by the media? In this book, which has emerged out of an Anglo-Dutch conference held in June 1997, the realities of critical psychiatry are explored, using comparisons and contrasts between the British and the Dutch experiences as a probe. There were, it turns out, various distinct anti-psychiatries - indeed, hardly anybody actually used that label about themselves - and they played a role in the reform no less than the rejection of regular psychiatry.
Table of Contents
Marijke GIJSWIJT-HOFSTRA: Introduction: Cultures of Psychiatry and Mental Health Care in Postwar Britain and the Netherlands. Joan BUSFIELD: Restructuring Mental Health Services in Twentieth-Century Britain. Paul SCHNABEL: Dutch Psychiatry after World War II: An Overview. Mathew THOMSON: Before Anti-Psychiatry: 'Mental Health' in Wartime Britain. Leonie DE GOEI: Psychiatry and Society: The Dutch Mental Hygiene Movement 1924-1960. E.M. TANSEY: 'They Used to Call it Psychiatry': Aspects of the Development and Impact of Psychopharmacology. Stephen SNELDERS: LSD and the Dualism between Medical and Social Theories of Mental Illness. Jonathan ANDREWS: R.D. Laing in Scotland: Facts and Fictions of the 'Rumpus Room' and Interpersonal Psychiatry. Gemma BLOK: Messiah of the Schizophrenics: Jan Foudraine and Anti-Psychiatry in Holland. Ido WEIJERS: The Dennendal Experiment, 1969-1974: The Legacy of a Tolerant Educative Culture. Keir WADDINGTON: Enemies Within: Postwar Bethlem and the Maudsley Hospital. Harry OOSTERHUIS & Saskia WOLTERS: The Changing Professional Identity of the Dutch Psychiatrist 1960-1970. Peter BARHAM: From the Asylum to the Community: The Mental Patient in Postwar Britain. Hans BINNEVELD: The Battle Against Peace-Keeping Frustrations: Psychiatrists and Psychologists in the Dutch Army. Roy PORTER: Anti-Psychiatry and the Family: Taking the Long View. Colin JONES: Raising the Anti: Jan Foudraine, Ronald Laing and Anti-Psychiatry. David INGLEBY: The View from the North Sea. Index.