`Fast becoming a contemporary classic... this book tries both to be critical and engender critical thinking in a number of ways. It offers an overview of a number of theories that address human distress as well as particular forms of "pathology". This book effectively highlights the way that western society has taken "normal"; and "abnormal" emotional states to be factual entities rather than the constructed understandings of human phenomena that they are.... should be on the reading list of every course//module that attends to human distress' - Journal of the Society for Existential Analysis This practical and accessible critique of the institutions, practices and presuppositions that underlie the st

Pathological Identities

Pathological identities

In previous chapters we have considered how ‘madness’ can be historically located and constituted within discourses of difference. In this chapter we want to consider the way in which types of identity are constructed in relation to psychopathological categories, and here we will be examining the identities that are constructed around the legal and clinical category of psychopathy. We will trace the category of psychopathy as it emerged in the context of the UK and locate its origins as part of the succession of typologies that followed the discursive construction of the issue of dangerousness (Foucault, 1978). In this way we will be tracing the evolution of the category as a set of texts and will be focusing upon some of the ...

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