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Madness and the demand for recognition: A philosophical inquiry into identity and mental health activism

Madness and the demand for recognition: A philosophical inquiry into identity and mental health activism (Paperback)

By Rashed, Mohammed Abouelleil

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Madness is a complex and contested term. Through time and across cultures it has acquired many formulations: for some madness is synonymous with unreason and violence, for others with creativity and subversion, elsewhere it is associated with spirits and spirituality. Among the d...ifferent formulations, there is one in particular that has taken hold so deeply and systematically that it has become the default view in many communities around the world: the idea that madness is a disorder of the mind. Contemporary developments in mental health activism pose a radical challenge to psychiatric and societal understandings of madness. Mad Pride and mad-positive activism reject the language of mental 'illness' and 'disorder', reclaim the term 'mad', and reverse its negative connotations. Activists seek cultural change in the way madness is viewed, and demand recognition of madness as grounds for identity. But can madness constitute such grounds? Is it possible to reconcile delusions, passivity phenomena, and the discontinuity of self often seen in mental health conditions with the requirements for identity formation presupposed by the theory of recognition? How should society respond? Guided by these questions, this book is the first comprehensive philosophical examination of the claims and demands of Mad activism. Locating itself in the philosophy of psychiatry, Mad studies, and activist literatures, the book develops a rich theoretical framework for understanding, justifying, and responding to Mad activism's demand for recognition.
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ISBN 9780198786863
Released NZ 21 Feb 2019
Publisher Oxford University Press (S1)
Format Paperback
Series International Perspectives in Philosophy and Psychiatry
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ISBN-13 9780198786863
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Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Oxford University Press (S1)
Imprint Oxford University Press
Released 21 Feb 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Rashed, Mohammed Abouelleil
Series International Perspectives in Philosophy and Psychiatry
Category Social & Political Philosophy
Revolutions & Coups
Psychiatry
Clinical Psychology
Number of Pages 300
Dimensions Width: 162mm
Height: 235mm
Spine: 16mm
Dewey Code 616.89
Weight 446g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Mental illness - Philosophy, Psychiatry - Philosophy, Social movements
NBS Text Psychiatry & Clinical Psychology: Professional
ONIX Text College/higher education

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