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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

Escape from Insanity: ‘Mental Disorder’ in the Postmodern Moment
Escape from insanity: ‘Mental disorder’ in the postmodern moment
Modern Diagnoses and Postmodern Crises

The only sanity worth having is one which, in a deep sense, is a re-cognition of the madness of contemporary society.

(Maguire, 1996: 171)

The self-inflicted psychotic pollution by a culture will not respond to any psychiatric treatment as long as its main symptoms (regression, dissociation, de-individualization) are systematically nurtured and encouraged by surrounding cultural milieux. … Those of us who live today in Europe and the US suffer from a chronic psychosis whose intensity is still mild. If the manifestly paranoid and schizoid characteristics of our daily behaviors are not experienced for what they really are, it is simply because we all share them.

(Laplantine, 1973: 112)

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