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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

A Dangerous Symbolic Mobility: Narratives of Borderline Personality Disorder
A dangerous symbolic mobility: Narratives of borderline personality disorder

Societies do not succeed in offering everyone the same way of fitting into the symbolic order; those who are, if one may say so, between symbolic systems, in the interstices, offsides, are the ones who are afflicted with a dangerous symbolic mobility. Dangerous for them, because those are the people afflicted with what we call madness, anomaly, perversion. … And more than any others, women bizarrely embody this group of anomalies showing the cracks in an overall system.

(Clément, 1986: 7)

My self-image was not unstable. 1 saw myself, quite correctly, as unfit for the educational and social systems. But my parents and teachers did not share my self-image. Their ...

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