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Routledge International Handbook of Critical Mental Health


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Introduction: The Importance of Critical Approaches to Mental Health and Illness (Bruce M. Z. Cohen) Part I Theoretical Perspectives 1. Labelling Theory (Stefan Sjoestroem) 2. The Social Construction of Mental Illness (Kevin White) 3. "Mental Health" Praxis-Not the Answer: A Constructive Antipsychiatry Position (Bonnie Burstow) 4. Foucauldian Theory (Simone Fullagar) 5. Marxist Theory (Bruce M. Z. Cohen) 6. Critical Cultural Theory (Sami Timimi) 7. Critical Realism and Mental Health Research (David Pilgrim) 8. A Critical Feminist Analysis of Madness: Pathologising Femininity through Psychiatric Discourse (Jane M. Ussher) 9. Critical Race Theory and Mental Health (Roy Moodley, Falak Mujtaba and Sela Kleiman) 10. Trapped in Change: Using Queer Theory to Examine the Progress of Psy-Theories and Interventions with Sexuality and Gender (Shaindl Diamond) 11. Reflections on Critical Psychiatry (Pat Bracken and Phil Thomas) 12. Mad Studies (Rachel Gorman and Brenda A. LeFrancois) Part II Critical Histories of Psychiatry 13. Madness: A Critical History of "Mental Healthcare" in the United States (Tomi Gomory and Daniel J. Dunleavy) 14. Medieval Mysticism to Schizoaffective Disorder: The Repositioning of Subjectivity in the Discourse of Psychiatry (Alison Torn) 15. The Myth of the Irish Insanity Epidemic (Damien Brennan) 16. Autism Looping (Gil Eyal) Part III Medicalisation and Pharmaceuticalisation 17. The Changing Drivers of Medicalisation (Meredith R. Bergey) 18. Female Sexual Dysfunction: Medicalising Desire (Annemarie Jutel and Barbara Mintzes) 19. Biomedicine, Neoliberalism and the Pharmaceuticalisation of Society (Emma Tseris) Part IV The Politics of Diagnosis 20. The DSM and the Spectre of Ignorance: Psychiatric Classification as a Tool of Professional Power (Owen Whooley) 21. The Attributes of Mad Science (David Cohen, Tomi Gomory and Stuart A. Kirk) 22. Racialisation of the Schizophrenia Diagnosis (Suman Fernando) Part V Colonial and Global Psychiatry 23. The Mad are like Savages and the Savages are Mad: Psychopolitics and the Coloniality of the Psy (China Mills) 24. Therapeutic Imperialism in Disaster and Conflict Affected Countries (Janaka Jayawickrama and Jo Rose) 25. Problematising Global Mental Health (Clement Bayetti and Sumeet Jain) Part VI Critical Approaches to Therapy 26. A Sociology of and in Psychotherapy: The Seventh Sin (Peter Morrall) 27. Marxist Theory and Psychotherapy (Ian Parker) 28. A Feminist Critique of Trauma Therapy (Emma Tseris) 29. A Journey into the Dangers of Orthodoxy from the Former Director of the Freud Archives (Jeffrey M. Masson) Index

About the Author

Bruce M.Z. Cohen is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He is the author of Mental Health User Narratives: New Perspectives on Illness and Recovery, Being Cultural and Psychiatric Hegemony: A Marxist Theory of Mental Illness


"The Routledge International Handbook of Critical Mental Health is a one-stop resource for those with a professional or academic interest in mental health [...] Moreover, the book is very timely given the dominance of conservative approaches to mental health, the rise of neoliberal ideologies, and the increasing medicalisation of everyday life. This book is highly recommended for those with an interest in exploring critical perspectives to mental health and illness and would be a valuable resource for students, researchers or professionals in mental health or related fields." - Claire Moran, Feminism & Psychology "[Cohen's chapter on Marxist theory] and many of the other chapters in the book provide useful summaries of aspects of critical mental health studies, perhaps particularly for students. The book can therefore be highly recommended." - Duncan Double, Psychreg Journal of Psychology "This book is well worth reading for the range and depth of its subject matter, and above all, for its determination to ask vital but troubling questions about the mental health treatment professions and whose interests they really serve." - Paul Moloney, The Psychologist Magazine "The Routledge International Handbook of Critical Mental Health provides a comprehensive, wide-ranging, and up-to-date portrayal of a wide variety of critical approaches toward psychiatry in a global context. It is an essential tool for all students, researchers, and clinicians who are interested in alternative models of the theory, history, politics, and professional practice of mental health and illness." - Allan V. Horwitz, Board of Governors Professor Sociology, Rutgers University, USA "Bruce Cohen has brought together a wide variety of critical scholarship on mental health issues in this new Routledge Handbook. Anyone seeking an overview of the diverse and often contradictory sorts of critique of psychiatric orthodoxy that have developed in the past half century will find this a provocative and enlightening volume." - Andrew Scull, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Science Studies, University of California, San Diego

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