Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason

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Psychology Press, 2001 - Civilization - 282 pages
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In this classic account of madness, Michel Foucault shows once and for all why he is one of the most distinguished European philosophers since the end of World War II. Madness and Civilization, Foucault's first book and his finest accomplishment, will change the way in which you think about society. Evoking shock, pity and fascination, it might also make you question the way you think about yourself.
 

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Interesting and meticulously researched. - Goodreads
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Foucault is a real master of prose. - Goodreads
... so well researched. - Goodreads

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Classic text for any student of mental health. Read full review

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Considered as a classic. Has it well aged? Not sure. I remembered the polemic in 70th. The anti-psychitry movment with Laing and Cooper. Many asyles were closed, but with no creation of substitution ... Read full review

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Contents

The Great Confinement
35
The Insane
61
Passion and Delirium
80
Aspects of Madness m
111
Doctors and Patients
151
The Great Fear
189
The New Division
210
The Birth of the Asylum
229
CONCLUSION
265
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Michel Foucault (1926-1984) Celebrated French thinker and activist who challenged people's assumptions about care of the mentally ill, gay rights, prisons, the police and welfare.

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