Psychiatric Hegemony: A Marxist Theory of Mental Illness

1602015This book offers a comprehensive Marxist critique of the business of mental health, demonstrating how the prerogatives of neoliberal capitalism for productive, self-governing citizens have allowed the discourse on mental illness to expand beyond the psychiatric institution into many previously untouched areas of public and private life including the home, school and the workplace. Through historical and contemporary analysis of psy-professional knowledge-claims and practices, Bruce Cohen shows how the extension of psychiatric authority can only be fully comprehended through the systematic theorising of power relations within capitalist society. From schizophrenia and hysteria to Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder, from spinning chairs and lobotomies to shock treatment and antidepressants, from the incarceration of working class women in the nineteenth century to the torture of prisoners of the ‘war on terror’ in the twenty-first, Psychiatric Hegemony is an uncompromising account of mental health ideology in neoliberal society.

Psychiatric Hegemony: A Marxist Theory of Mental Illness 1st ed. 2016 Edition
Bruce M. Z. Cohen (Author)

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 1st ed. 2016 edition (November 24, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1137460504
ISBN-13: 978-1137460509


Native son of Essex, studied sociology in the north of England, and previously based at Humboldt University in Berlin, Dr Bruce M Z Cohen is now a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. His books include Mental Health User Narratives: New Perspectives on Illness and Recovery (2008, 2015), Being Cultural (2012), Psychiatric Hegemony: A Marxist Theory of Mental Illness (2016) and the Routledge International Handbook of Critical Mental Health (2017).

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