Mental Illness in Popular Media: Essays on the Representation of Disorders

Mental Illness in Popular Media: Essays on the Representation of Disorders

by Lawrence C. Rubin

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Mental Illness in Popular Media: Essays on the Representation of Disorders by Lawrence C. Rubin

Whether in movies, cartoons, commercials, or even fast food marketing, psychology and mental illness remain pervasive in popular culture. In this collection of new essays, scholars from a range of fields explore representations of mental illness and disabilities across various media of popular culture. Contributors address how forms of psychiatric disorder have been addressed in film, on stage, and in literature, how popular culture genres are utilized to communicate often confusing and conflicted relationships with the mentally ill, and how popular cultures around the world reflect mental illness and disability. Analyses of sources as disparate as the Batman films, Broadway musicals and Nigerian home movies reveal how definitions of mental illness, mental health, and of psychology itself intersect with discourses on race, gender, law, capitalism, and globalization.
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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786460656
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 03/08/2012
Pages: 307
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Lawrence C. Rubin is a professor of counselor education at St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida, and a practicing psychologist. He lives in Fort Lauderdale.

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