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Madness and Modernity
Madness and modernity

This first chapter provides a historical review of the development of ‘psychopathology’ as the study of mental ‘disorder’ in Western culture. We give an account of Michel Foucault's work as it applies to clinical categories, and then describe how psychiatric and abnormal psychology texts and practices can be deconstructed. We also introduce the notion of ‘deconstruction’ and show how it can be made relevant to this history of categorization, and to the ways in which some people have been marked off as different, as ‘other’.

Abnormal Psychology

The notions of madness and abnormal psychology as we understand them are particular and peculiar to our culture and our time. That is the starting point for our historical deconstruction of psychopathology. However, this assertion ...

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