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Routledge International Handbook of Critical Mental Health

Edited by: Bruce M. Z. Cohen

Print publication date:  September  2017
Online publication date:  September  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138225473
eBook ISBN: 9781315399584
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The Routledge International Handbook of Critical Mental Health offers the most comprehensive collection of theoretical and applied writings to date with which students, scholars, researchers and practitioners within the social and health sciences can systematically problematise the practices, priorities and knowledge base of the Western system of mental health. With the continuing contested nature of psychiatric discourse and the work of psy-professionals, this book is a timely return to theorising the business of mental health as a social, economic, political and cultural project: one which necessarily involves the consideration of wider societal and structural dynamics including labelling and deviance, ideological and social control, professional power, consumption, capital, neoliberalism and self-governance.

Featuring original essays from some of the most established international scholars in the area, the Handbook discusses and provides updates on critical theories of mental health from labelling, social constructionism, antipsychiatry, Foucauldian and Marxist approaches to critical feminist, race and queer theory, critical realism, critical cultural theory and mad studies. Over six substantive sections, the collection additionally demonstrates the application of such theoretical ideas and scholarship to key topics including medicalisation and pharmaceuticalisation, the DSM, global psychiatry, critical histories of mental health, and talk therapy.

Bringing together the latest theoretical work and empirical case studies from the US, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Canada, the Routledge International Handbook of Critical Mental Health demonstrates the continuing need to think critically about mental health and illness, and will be an essential resource for all who study or work in the field.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Labelling theory Download PDF
Chapter  2:  The social construction of mental illness Download PDF
Chapter  3:  ‘Mental health’ praxis – not the answer Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Foucauldian theory Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Marxist theory Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Critical cultural theory Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Critical realism and mental health research Download PDF
Chapter  8:  A critical feminist analysis of madness Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Critical race theory and mental health Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Trapped in change Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Reflections on critical psychiatry Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Mad studies Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Madness Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Medieval mysticism to schizoaffective disorder Download PDF
Chapter  15:  The myth of the Irish insanity epidemic Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Autism looping Download PDF
Chapter  17:  The changing drivers of medicalisation Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Female sexual dysfunction Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Biomedicine, neoliberalism and the pharmaceuticalisation of society Download PDF
Chapter  20:  The DSM and the spectre of ignorance Download PDF
Chapter  21:  The attributes of mad science Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Racialisation of the schizophrenia diagnosis Download PDF
Chapter  23:  The mad are like savages and the savages are mad Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Therapeutic imperialism in disaster- and conflict-affected countries Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Problematising Global Mental Health Download PDF
Chapter  26:  A sociology of and in psychotherapy Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Marxist theory and psychotherapy Download PDF
Chapter  28:  A feminist critique of trauma therapy Download PDF
Chapter  29:  A journey into the dangers of orthodoxy from the former director of the Freud Archives Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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