Contesting Psychiatry: Social Movements in Mental Health

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Routledge, Mar 17, 2006 - Medical - 240 pages

Resistance and social movements in mental health have been important in shaping current practice in both mental health and psychiatry. Contesting Psychiatry, focusing largely on the UK, examines the history of resistance to psychiatry between 1950 and 2000. Building on the author’s extensive research, the book provides an empirical account and exploration of the key features including:

  • an account of the key social movements and organizations who have contested psychiatry over the last fifty years
  • the theorization of resistance to psychiatry which might apply to other national contexts and to social movement formation and protest in other medical arenas
  • the exploration of theories of power in psychiatry.

Original and provocative in its approach, this book offers a new sociological perspective on psychiatry.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Social movements SMOs and fields of contention
11
2 A valueadded model of mobilisation
27
3 Contextualising contention
41
4 Mental hygiene and early protests
61
5 Antipsychiatry and the Sixties
88
6 Parents people and a radical change of MIND
112
7 A union of mental patients
128
8 Networks survivors and international connections
146
9 Consolidation and backlash
170
Notes
186
Bibliography
190
Index
197
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About the author (2006)

Nick Crossley is Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester. His previous books include: Making Sense of Social Movements, The Politics of Subjectivity, Intersubjectivity, The Social Body and Key Concepts in Critical Social Theory.

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