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Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Social issues > Disability: social aspects

Disability and Postsocialism (Paperback): Teodor Mladenov Disability and Postsocialism (Paperback)
Teodor Mladenov
R1,046 Discovery Miles 10 460 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In the decades following the collapse of state socialism at the end of 1980s, disabled people in Central and Eastern Europe endured economic marginalisation, cultural devaluation and political disempowerment. Some of the mechanisms producing these injustices were inherited from state socialism, while others emerged with postsocialist neoliberalisation. State socialism promised social security guaranteed by the public, and postsocialist neoliberalisation promised independent living underpinned by the market. This book argues that both promises failed as far as disabled people were concerned, drawing on a wide range of scholarly reports and analyses, policy documents, legislation, and historical accounts, as well as on disability studies and social justice theory. Besides differences, the book also illuminates continuities between state socialism and postsocialist capitalism, providing on this basis a more general and historically grounded critique of contemporary neoliberalisation and its impact on individual and collective life. The book will appeal to anyone interested in disability studies and postsocialism, as well as social policy, social movements and critical theory. It will also be of interest to professionals involved in disability-related service provision, as well as to disability activists and policy makers.

Identity (Re)constructions After Brain Injury - Personal and Family Identity (Hardcover): Chalotte Glintborg Identity (Re)constructions After Brain Injury - Personal and Family Identity (Hardcover)
Chalotte Glintborg
R1,193 Discovery Miles 11 930 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Identity (Re)constructions After Brain Injury: Personal and Family Identity investigates how being diagnosed with acquired brain injury (ABI) impacts identity (re)construction in both adults with ABI and their close relatives. To show how being diagnosed with ABI impacts identity (re)construction, this book investigates key patterns of identity construction. Discourse analysis, especially on the concept of positioning, provides an understanding of the changes and developmental processes in these self-narratives. These narrative (re)constructions point to a developmental change of identity in the course of the different phases of the recovery process for both persons with ABI and their relatives, including conflicting voices from society, service providers, relatives, and other adults with ABI. In addition, the (re)construction process is characterized by much ambivalence in both ABI survivors and relatives. Three perspectives are triangulated: (1) an insider perspective from ABI survivors; (2) an insider perspective from relatives; and (3) an outsider perspective from the researchers. This allows us to see how identities are negotiated and constructed in concrete situations. This innovative book will be required reading for all students and academics working in the fields of disability studies, rehabilitation psychology, sociology, allied health, and social care.

Flannery O'Connor - Writing a Theology of Disabled Humanity (Paperback): Timothy J. Basselin Flannery O'Connor - Writing a Theology of Disabled Humanity (Paperback)
Timothy J. Basselin
R735 Discovery Miles 7 350 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Flannery O'Connor is one of America's most unique Southern authors. Shortly after she began her writing career she was diagnosed with lupus. Despite her illness, O'Connor authored more than two dozen short stories and two novels. Her highly regionalized Southern Gothic stories often involve grotesque characters.Literature critic and theologian Timothy J. Basselin consults O'Connor's life and work to illustrate the profound connections existing between the theme of the grotesque and Christian theology. O'Connor's own disability, Basselin argues, inspired a theology that leads readers toward greater recognition of God's activity in a sinfully grotesque world. By combining disability studies, literary critique, and theological reflection, Basselin discovers a new vision for approaching the disabled, the grotesque, and the other in society. Flannery O'Connor reignites O'Connor's own critiques of the modern affinity for perfection, self-sufficiency, and a clear separation between "good" and "bad.

Vulnerable Constitutions - Queerness, Disability, and the Remaking of American Manhood (Paperback): Cynthia Barounis Vulnerable Constitutions - Queerness, Disability, and the Remaking of American Manhood (Paperback)
Cynthia Barounis
R843 R749 Discovery Miles 7 490 Save R94 (11%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Amputation need not always signify castration; indeed, in Jack London's fiction, losing a limb becomes part of a process through which queerly gendered men become properly masculinized. In her astute book, Vulnerable Constitutions, Cynthia Barounis explores the way American writers have fashioned alternative-even resistant-epistemologies of queerness, disability, and masculinity. She seeks to understand the way perverse sexuality, physical damage, and bodily contamination have stimulated-rather than created a crisis for-masculine characters in twentieth- and early twenty-first-century literature. Barounis introduces the concept of "anti-prophylactic citizenship"-a mode of political belonging characterized by vulnerability, receptivity, and risk-to examine counternarratives of American masculinity. Investigating the work of authors including London, William Faulkner, James Baldwin, and Eli Clare, she presents an evolving narrative of medicalized sexuality and anti-prophylactic masculinity. Her literary readings interweave queer theory, disability studies, and the history of medicine to demonstrate how evolving scientific conversations around deviant genders and sexualities gave rise to a new model of national belonging-ultimately rewriting the story of American masculinity as a story of queer-crip rebellion.

Beautiful Child - The True Story of a Child Trapped in Silence and the Teacher Who Refused to Give Up on Her (Paperback): Torey... Beautiful Child - The True Story of a Child Trapped in Silence and the Teacher Who Refused to Give Up on Her (Paperback)
Torey Hayden
R279 R242 Discovery Miles 2 420 Save R37 (13%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Young Disabled People - Aspirations, Choices and Constraints (Hardcover, New Ed): Sonali Shah Young Disabled People - Aspirations, Choices and Constraints (Hardcover, New Ed)
Sonali Shah
R3,183 Discovery Miles 31 830 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Recent policies and government initiatives in many Western countries have strengthened the expectation that young disabled people have the right to be involved in decisions affecting their futures. Many of the choices that are currently taken out of young disabled people's hands, including those relating to education and future employment, are now being viewed as an opportunity to encourage participation in the decision making process. Sonali Shah uses a comparative study of young disabled students within mainstream and special education to determine the influence these recent policies will have on the realization of their long term goals. Young Disabled People: Aspirations, Choices and Constraints will be essential reading for academics in the fields of education, disability studies and employment policy. It will also be valuable to policy makers and teaching and careers professionals.

Disability, Sport and Society - An Introduction (Hardcover): Nigel Thomas, Andy Smith Disability, Sport and Society - An Introduction (Hardcover)
Nigel Thomas, Andy Smith
R4,057 Discovery Miles 40 570 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Disability sport is a relatively recent phenomenon, yet it is also one that, particularly in the context of social inclusion, is attracting increasing political and academic interest. The purpose of this important new text - the first of its kind - is to introduce the reader to key concepts in disability and disability sport and to examine the complex relationships between modern sport, disability and other aspects of wider society. Drawing upon original data from interviews, surveys and policy documents, the book examines how disability sport has developed and is currently organised, and explores key themes, issues and concepts including: disability theory and policy the emergence and development of disability sport disability sport development in local authorities mainstreaming disability sport disability, physical education and school sport elite disability sport and the Paralympic Games disability sport and the media. Including chapter summaries, seminar questions and lists of key websites and further reading throughout, Sport, Disability and Society provides both an easy to follow introduction and a critical exploration of the key issues surrounding disability sport in the twenty-first century. This book is an invaluable resource for all students, researchers and professionals working in sport studies, disability studies, physical education, sociology and social policy. Nigel Thomas is Head of Sport and Exercise at Staffordshire University, UK, where his research focuses on the history, mainstreaming, and media coverage of disability sport. He previously worked for ten years with young disabled people as a sports development officer in local authorities and national governing bodies. Andy Smith is Lecturer in the Sociology of Sport and Exercise at the University of Chester, UK. He is a co-editor of the International Journal of Sport Policy, and a co-author of Sport Policy and Development: A Sociological Introduction, and An Introduction to Drugs in Sport: Addicted to Winning? Both books are published by Routledge (2009).

Disability and Youth Sport (Hardcover): Hayley Fitzgerald Disability and Youth Sport (Hardcover)
Hayley Fitzgerald
R3,056 Discovery Miles 30 560 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

How can or does youth sport reconcile what seems to be a fundamental contradiction between understandings of sport and disability? Has youth sport been challenged in anyway? Have alternative views of sport for disabled people been presented? Examining some of the latest research, this book considers the relationship between sport and disability by exploring a range of questions such as these.

Disability and Youth Sport further challenges current thinking and therefore serves to stimulate progressive debate in this area. Drawing on a breadth of literature from sports pedagogy, sociology of sport, disability studies, inclusive education, and adapted physical activity, a socially critical dialogue is developed where the voices of young disabled people are central. Topics covered include:

  • researching disability and youth sport
  • inclusion policy towards physical education and youth sport
  • constructions of disability through youth sport
  • the voices of young disabled people
  • the historical context of disability sport

With its comprehensive coverage and expert contributors from around the globe, this book is an ideal text for students at all levels with an interest in youth sport, disability studies, or sport policy.

Lived Experiences of Ableism in Academia - Strategies for Inclusion in Higher Education (Paperback): Nicole Brown Lived Experiences of Ableism in Academia - Strategies for Inclusion in Higher Education (Paperback)
Nicole Brown
R651 Discovery Miles 6 510 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Demands for excellence and efficiency have created an ableist culture in academia. What impact do these expectations have on disabled, chronically ill and neurodivergent colleagues? This important and eye-opening collection explores ableism in academia from the viewpoint of academics' personal and professional experiences and scholarship. Through the theoretical lenses of autobiography, autoethnography, embodiment, body work and emotional labour, contributors from the UK, Canada and the US present insightful, critical, analytical and rigorous explorations of being 'othered' in academia. Deeply embedded in personal experiences, this perceptive book provides examples for universities to develop inclusive practices, accessible working and learning conditions and a less ableist environment.

Able to Lead - Disablement, Radicalism, and the Political Life of E.T. Kingsley (Paperback): Ravi Malhotra, Benjamin Isitt Able to Lead - Disablement, Radicalism, and the Political Life of E.T. Kingsley (Paperback)
Ravi Malhotra, Benjamin Isitt
R558 Discovery Miles 5 580 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Eugene T. Kingsley led an extraordinary life: he was once described as "one of the most dangerous men in Canada." In 1890, Kingsley was working as a railway brakeman in Montana when an accident left him a double amputee, and politically radicalized. Ravi Malhotra and Benjamin Isitt trace Kingsley's political journey from soapbox speaker in San Francisco to prominence in the Socialist Party of Canada. They examine Kingsley's endeavours for justice against the Northern Pacific Railway, and how his life intersected with immigration law and free-speech rights. Able to Lead highlights Kingsley's profound legacy for the twenty-first-century political left.

Saints, Infirmity, and Community in the Late Middle Ages (Hardcover, 0): Jenni Kuuliala Saints, Infirmity, and Community in the Late Middle Ages (Hardcover, 0)
Jenni Kuuliala
R2,477 Discovery Miles 24 770 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Bodily suffering and patient, Christlike attitudes towards that suffering were among the key characteristics of sainthood throughout the medieval period. Saints, Infirmity, and Community in the Late Middle Ages analyses the meanings given to putative saints' bodily infirmities in late medieval canonization hearings. How was an individual saint's bodily ailment investigated in the inquests, and how did the witnesses (re)construct the saintly candidates' ailments? What meanings were given to infirmity when providing proofs for holiness? This study depicts holy infirmity as an aspect of sanctity that is largely defined within the community, in continual dialogue with devotees, people suffering from doubt, the holy person, and the cultural patterns ascribed to saintly life. Furthermore, it analyses how the meanings given to saints' infirmities influenced and reflected society's attitudes towards bodily ailments - or dis/ability - in general.

Being Disabled, Becoming a Champion (Hardcover): Nicolas Bancel, Julie Cornaton, Anne Marcellini Being Disabled, Becoming a Champion (Hardcover)
Nicolas Bancel, Julie Cornaton, Anne Marcellini
R3,056 Discovery Miles 30 560 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Being Disabled, Becoming a Champion is an accessible presentation of current European research on the most recent evolutions in sports for people with disabilities, demonstrating knowledge developed from the field of sports practices of people with disabilities. It covers three interrelated themes. First, it covers the different facets of the history of sports organizations set up during the 1950s for athletes with motor or intellectual impairments. The second part focuses on the athletes themselves. Voices are given to the top-level athletes in adapted sports: people with intellectual impairment; the pioneers of wheelchair racing who invented a new discipline, off-road wheelchair racing; and a former Paralympic athlete who has become a researcher and a defender of specific sports practices. Finally, the third part interrogates the way support for disabled people can modify the existing definitions and conceptions of the body, of disability, of what is human, and of sports performance. This is an ideal text for students and researchers studying and working in the areas of Disability Studies, Sport Sciences and Paralympic Studies. This book was originally published as a special issue of Sport in Society.

Intellectual Disability in the Twentieth Century - Transnational Perspectives on People, Policy, and Practice (Paperback):... Intellectual Disability in the Twentieth Century - Transnational Perspectives on People, Policy, and Practice (Paperback)
Philip Ferguson, Yueh-Ching Chou, Carol Hamilton, Gudrun Stefansdottir, Agnes Turnpenny, …
R736 Discovery Miles 7 360 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

With contributions from distinguished authors in 14 countries across 5 continents, this book provides a unique transnational perspective on intellectual disability in the twentieth century. Each chapter outlines different policies and practices, and details real-life accounts from those living with intellectual disabilities to illustrate their impact of policies and practices on these people and their families. Bringing together accounts of how intellectual disability was viewed, managed and experienced in countries across the globe, the book examines the origins and nature of contemporary attitudes, policy and practice and sheds light on the challenges of implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCPRD).

Dyslexia at College (Hardcover, 3rd New edition): T. R. Miles, Dorothy Gilroy, Elizabeth Ann Du Pre Dyslexia at College (Hardcover, 3rd New edition)
T. R. Miles, Dorothy Gilroy, Elizabeth Ann Du Pre
R3,203 Discovery Miles 32 030 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This fully updated third edition contains practical and useful advice that will be invaluable for students with dyslexia, their parents and all of those involved in teaching and supporting them in their studies. Including the latest research into dyslexia, changes in legislation and information technology and the real-life experiences of six former Bangor students this book will:

- guide students through the process of applying for university, suggesting strategies for general organisation and for particular aspects of study

- outline how to get the best personally and academically from higher education

- give practical advice on setting up and using support facilities (both human and technological)

- be an accessible text for mainstream lecturers and tutors who need to be aware of the implications of the Disability Discrimination Act.

New chapters include 'Dyslexia plus', giving information on dyspraxia, attention disorders, Asperger's syndrome, and the more controversial 'dyscalculia'. 'Out of College and into Work' gives advice for students on the challenges they face after graduation.

Disability and Social Work Education - Practice and Policy Issues (Hardcover): Francis K.O. Yuen, Carol B. Cohen, Kristine Tower Disability and Social Work Education - Practice and Policy Issues (Hardcover)
Francis K.O. Yuen, Carol B. Cohen, Kristine Tower
R3,185 Discovery Miles 31 850 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Bridging the chasm between the disabled and a just and fair society takes skill, dedication, and a deep understanding of the issues. Disability and Social Work Education: Practice and Policy Issues presents leading social work experts providing insightful, effective strategies to address the current gaps in the system between social work and those individuals with disabilities. Diverse perspectives on all levels of social work practice are integrated with the basic tenets of social justice, accessibility to services, and human rights. Specific challenges and issues are addressed in work with disabled populations. Disability and Social Work Education: Practice and Policy Issues examines the social construction of disability that connotes inferiority and highlights practical strategies for change. This creative resource gives social work educators, students, and practitioners the opportunity to embrace diverse and creative ways for integrating a generalist social work model in their work with various size systems that are related to disability. Chapters include extensive references, appendixes, tables, and figures to clearly illustrate topics. Topics in Disability and Social Work Education: Practice and Policy Issues include: model curriculum on disabilities that incorporates diverse perspectives of social work practice with individuals who have physical, cognitive, and psychiatric disabilities protecting the legal rights of children and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) empowering disabled individuals for civil rights to have access to community living the academic process of helping students who are disabled achieve their academic goals components of the Americans with Disabilities Act-and key decisions made by the Supreme Court strategies of intervention for macro change historical overview of family policy and practice as it relates to children and adolescents who are disabled the biopsychosocial framework as an assessment tool to develop interventions the use of the therapeutic relationship and psychodynamic and ecological approaches to social work practices helping clients with disabilities develop adaptive religious and spiritual beliefs disability protests and movements and their implications on social work practice the Capacity Approach and the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health as social work tools basic guidelines for undertaking research about and with people who have disabilities Disability and Social Work Education: Practice and Policy Issues is a valuable, unique resource for social work educators, students, and practitioners.

Human Rights and Disability - Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Paperback): John-Stewart Gordon, Johann-Christian Poder, Holger... Human Rights and Disability - Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Paperback)
John-Stewart Gordon, Johann-Christian Poder, Holger Burckhart
R1,044 Discovery Miles 10 440 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The formerly established medically-based idea of disability, with its charity-based approach to treatment and services, is being replaced by a human rights-based approach in which people with impairments are no longer considered medical problems, totally dependent on the beneficence of non-impaired people in society, but have fundamental rights to support, inclusion, and participation. This interdisciplinary book examines the diverse concerns that people with impairments face in the context of human rights, provides insights into new developments on important issues relating human rights to disability, and features new approaches and solutions to vital problems in the current debate.

Institutions in Turbulent Environments - A Study of the Impact of Environmental Change upon Institutions for the Intellectually... Institutions in Turbulent Environments - A Study of the Impact of Environmental Change upon Institutions for the Intellectually Disabled (Hardcover)
T.P. Keating
R2,437 Discovery Miles 24 370 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Published in 1999. Contemporary organizations are faced with increasingly rapid and dramatic change within their political, cultural and technological environments. Institutions in Turbulent Environments critically examines the way organizations respond to these changes,with a particular focus upon the institutional disability sector. The book examines available theory concerning organizational contingency, adaptation and population ecology. It utilizes a framework developed from this theory to examine the ways in which a major institution for the intellectually disabled responded to the turbulence within its environment. It uses this data to re-examine theory and to propose changes to the way organization/environment relationships are understood.

Overcoming Disabling Barriers - 18 Years of Disability and Society (Hardcover): Len Barton Overcoming Disabling Barriers - 18 Years of Disability and Society (Hardcover)
Len Barton
R3,324 Discovery Miles 33 240 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book provides a valuable route map to the development of thinking in disability studies over the last 18 years. It includes over 20 seminal articles from the journal Disability and Society, written by many of the leading authors in the field from the UK, the USA, Australia and Europe.
Compiled by the current editors of the journal to show the development of the field, the book is divided into three sections which mirror the three central themes:
- Disability Studies - the articles in this section illustrate clearly the debates and challenges that have emerged within the field over the last two decades
- Policy - this section offers a snapshot of social policy that has impinged on the lives of disabled people in many parts of the world
- Research Issues - this section brings together articles that reveal the inequalities between disabled and non-disabled people and the advocacy of new methods and research practices.
The Editors' specially written introduction to each section contextualizes the selection and introduces students to the main issues and current thinking in the field.
This book is a rich source of ideas and insights covering conceptual, theoretical, empirical and cross-cultural issues and questions. It also provides a valuable historical and contemporary lens through which the issue of disability can be explored and understood. It aims to encourage further debate, innovatory ideas and applied outcomes as well as a stimulus to encourage the reader to explore other articles that have been published in the journal.
This volume is from the Education Heritage series. For details of other titles in this series, please go to the website atwww.routledge.com/education .

Fostering Accessible Technology through Regulation (Paperback): Delia Ferri, G Anthony Giannoumis Fostering Accessible Technology through Regulation (Paperback)
Delia Ferri, G Anthony Giannoumis
R1,038 Discovery Miles 10 380 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Technology has attracted an increasing level of attention within studies of disability and disability rights. Many researchers and advocates have maintained skepticism towards technology out of the fear that technology becomes another way to 'fix' impairments. These skeptical views, however, contrast with a more positive approach towards the role that technology can play in eliminating barriers to social participation. Legal scholarship has started to focus on accessibility and accessible technology and in conjunction with the recently adopted United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has put a great emphasis on accessibility, highlighting the role that accessible technology plays in the promotion and protection of the rights of people with disabilities. Against this background, this book gathers together different contributions that focus on enhancing the production, marketing and use of accessible technology. Building upon previous academic studies and in light of the UNCRPD, accessible technology is considered a tool to increase autonomy and participation. Overall, this book attempts to show, through a multifaceted and inter-disciplinary analysis, that different regulatory approaches might enhance accessible technology and its availability. This title was previously published as a special issue of the International Review of Law, Computers & Technology.

Disability Research and Policy - Current Perspectives (Hardcover): Richard J. Morris Disability Research and Policy - Current Perspectives (Hardcover)
Richard J. Morris
R3,068 Discovery Miles 30 680 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book is based on research and scholarship produced by the Meyerson Disability Research Project (MDRP) at the University of Arizona. Its chapters are divided into two major sections: 1) Disability Research Areas and 2) Disability Policy Areas. The first section addresses some relatively new areas of research and scholarship with adults and children, such as the use of technology (e.g., videoconferencing and computer technology) in service delivery, whereas the second section critically examines various public policy and legal areas that impact the daily lives of many persons having a disability.

Leveraging Disability Sport Events - Impacts, Promises, and Possibilities (Hardcover): Laura Misener, Gayle McPherson, David... Leveraging Disability Sport Events - Impacts, Promises, and Possibilities (Hardcover)
Laura Misener, Gayle McPherson, David McGillivray, David Legg
R3,053 Discovery Miles 30 530 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This empirically-grounded text examines the policy, planning, development and implementation of disability sport events. It draws insights from a major international comparative study of different types of large multi-national sporting events: integrated events where able-bodied athletes and athletes with a disability compete alongside one another, and non-integrated events where athletes with a disability are separated by time but occurring in the same location. Guided by a critical disability studies perspective, the book highlights the strategic opportunity of sporting events to influence social change around community participation, and attitudes and awareness about disability more broadly. It also challenges assumptions about positive event legacies and suggests a need for a multi-lateral approach to planning. An important read for students, researchers and scholars in the fields of sport policy, sport development, disability sport, sport management, disability studies and event studies.

About Dementia - For People with Learning Disabilities (Paperback): Karen Dodd, Vicky Turk, Michelle Christmas About Dementia - For People with Learning Disabilities (Paperback)
Karen Dodd, Vicky Turk, Michelle Christmas
R219 Discovery Miles 2 190 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Strength, Resilience, Growth - How I Defied Physical and Mental Limitations and Took Control of My Future (Paperback): Sophia... Strength, Resilience, Growth - How I Defied Physical and Mental Limitations and Took Control of My Future (Paperback)
Sophia Rose Gigante
R296 Discovery Miles 2 960 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Mermaid - A Memoir of Resilience (Paperback): Eileen Cronin Mermaid - A Memoir of Resilience (Paperback)
Eileen Cronin
R311 Discovery Miles 3 110 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

At the age of three, Eileen Cronin first realized that only she did not have legs. Her boisterous Catholic family accepted her situation as God s will, treating her no differently than her ten siblings, as she squiddled through their 1960s Cincinnati home. But starting school, even wearing prosthetics, Cronin had to brave bullying and embarrassing questions. Thanks to her older brother s coaching, she handled a classmate s playground taunts with a smack from her lunchbox. As a teen, thrilled when boys asked her out, she was confused about what sexuality meant for her. She felt most comfortable and happiest relaxing and skinny dipping with her girlfriends, imagining herself an elusive mermaid. The cause of her disability remained taboo, however, even as she looked toward the future and the possibility of her own family.

In later years, as her mother battled mental illness and denied having taken the drug thalidomide known to cause birth defects Cronin felt apart from her family. After the death of a close brother, she turned to alcohol. Eventually, however, she found the strength to set out on her own, volunteering at hospitals and earning a PhD in clinical psychology.

Reflecting with humor and grace on her youth, search for love, and quest for answers, Cronin spins a shimmering story of self-discovery and transformation."

Social Order/Mental Disorder - Anglo-American Psychiatry in Historical Perspective (Hardcover): Andrew Scull Social Order/Mental Disorder - Anglo-American Psychiatry in Historical Perspective (Hardcover)
Andrew Scull
R2,824 Discovery Miles 28 240 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Social Order/Mental Disorder represents a provocative and exciting exploration of social response to madness in England and the United States from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries. Scull, who is well-known for his previous work in this area, examines a range of issues, including the changing social meanings of madness, the emergence and consolidation of the psychiatric profession, the often troubled relationship between psychiatry and the law, the linkages between sex and madness, and the constitution, character, and collapse of the asylum as our standard response to the problems posed by mental disorder. This book is emphatically not part of the venerable tradition of hagiography that has celebrated psychiatric history as a long struggle in which the steady application of rational-scientific principles has produced irregular but unmistakable evidence of progress toward humane treatments for the mentally ill. In fact, Scull contends that traditional mental hospitals, for much of their existence, resembled cemeteries for the still breathing, medical hubris having at times served to license dangerous, mutilating, even life-threatening experiments on the dead souls confined therein. He argues that only the sociologically blind would deny that psychiatrists are deeply involved in the definition and identification of what constitutes madness in our world - hence, claims that mental illness is a purely naturalistic category, somehow devoid of contamination by the social, are taken to be patently absurd. Scull points out, however, that the commitment to examine psychiatry and its ministrations with a critical eye by no means entails the romantic idea that the problems it deals with are purely the invention of the professional mind, or the Manichean notion that all psychiatric interventions are malevolent and ill-conceived. It is the task of unromantic criticism that is attempted in this book.

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