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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

Women's Madness: A Material-Discursive-Intrapsychic Approach
Women's madness: A material-discursive-intrapsychic approach

Women's madness is a subject that has fascinated artists, poets, playwrights, and novelists for centuries. Representations of woman as mad range from the dangerous harridan in the attic to the melancholic maiden languishing helplessly on her bed; all stand as reminders of the potential mysteries and dangers lurking beneath the external signifiers of ‘woman.’ But making madness synonymous with femininity isn't merely a matter of misogynist fantasy or fear. Mental health statistics still attest to the preponderance of women deemed ‘mad,’1 and in need of statutory regulation (Bebbington, 1996; Busfield, 1996). Community surveys, hospital admissions, and statistics on outpatient treatment, both medical and psychological, all concur: adult women report more mental health problems than men, and ...

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