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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

Psychological Distress and Postmodern Thought
Psychological distress and postmodern thought
VivienBurr and TrevorButt

In recent times, we have witnessed a marked rise in the discovery of numerous psychopathologies and syndromes. A wide variety of psychological difficulties and problems are now recognized as constituting identifiable symptoms or characteristics of syndromes previously unheard of. Premenstrual syndrome (PMS), battered woman syndrome, and attention-deficit disorder are just some of the disorders lately ‘discovered’ and offered up for public attention. Alongside this increase in the discovery and categorization of these types of problems is a parallel rise in the provision of counseling and therapy. Of course, if these syndromes are indeed unmitigated discoveries, the rise in therapy provision is an unambiguous blessing. However, it can be argued that the therapy industry, like any ...

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