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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

Performing Methods: History, Hysteria, and the New Science of Psychiatry
Performing methods: History, hysteria, and the new science of psychiatry

The ways in which she struggles in the trap, the disjointed sentences in which she has begun to think herself through from where she is, the tentative experiments with a direction – these come themselves to be described as ‘symptoms’. Lacking adequate formulation, they can have no direction, no outcome, no progressive movement. They abort at the outset. They become merely ‘expressive’, merely a motion or a gesture, a raving, a hysteria, an attack on the dark in the dark.…

(Smith, 1975: 6)

‘I’ is not an interior affair.

(Acker, 1993: 211)

‘I’ begin with three scenes and a bad dream. A few stories set circulating within a theoretical moment ...

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