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`This is a wonderful volume, powerfully written, timely, insightful, and filled with major pieces; the passion, intellectual rigor and sense of history found here promises to shape this field in the decades to come. This volume sets the agenda for the future' - Norman K Denzin, University of Illinois Pathology and the Postmodern explores the relationship between mental distress and social constructionism using new work from eminent scholars in the fields of sociology, psychology and philosophy. The authors address: how specific cultural, economic and historical forces converge in contemporary psychiatry and psychology; how new syndromes, subjectivities and identities are being constructed and

The Broken Dialogue: Mental Illness as Discourse and Experience
The broken dialogue: Mental illness as discourse and experience

A recent pamphlet published by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) states on its opening page that ‘mental illnesses are disorders of the brain that disrupt a person's thinking, feeling, moods, and ability to relate to others. Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, mental illnesses are brain disorders. … [They] are not a result of personal weakness, lack of character, or poor upbringing.’ On the next page, we see the words ‘Open Your Mind: mental illnesses are brain disorders.’ Flipping the pamphlet over, one notices in small print: ‘This material made possible by an educational grant from Lilly Neuroscience: improving lives, restoring hope.’

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