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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

Modernists at Heart? Postmodern Artistic ‘Breakdowns’ and the Question of Identity
Modernists at heart? Postmodern artistic ‘breakdowns’ and the question of identity
‘Illness’ and ‘Health’

There is perhaps no better introduction to (certain notable) ‘dilemmas of identity in contemporary life’ than Kenneth Gergen's well-known book The Saturated Self. As Gergen argues in the opening chapter of the book (‘The Self Under Siege’), ‘the process of social saturation is producing a profound change in our ways of understanding the self. … As we enter the postmodern era, all previous beliefs about the self are placed in jeopardy, and with them the patterns of action they sustain,’ such that ‘the very concept of personal essences is thrown into doubt. Selves as possessors of real and identifiable characteristics – such ...

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