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Psychotic Discourse
Psychotic discourse

This chapter looks at research on language, and the ways in which traditional psychiatric work on psychosis, which produces a circular argument to confirm existing labels, can be challenged. Some alternative theoretical approaches, drawing on pragmatic, psychoanalytic and narrative therapy ideas are described. Implications of each of these different ways of interpreting ‘abnormal’ talk are explored.

Clinical Disorders in Language

In previous chapters we have discussed the central role of language in the production of psychopathology. We have examined the ways in which cultural discourses enter into and inform professional narratives and have analysed how language is at the core of professional practices of diagnosis and classification and of the construction of pathological identities. We have seen how, by concealing the role that language ...

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