Madness: History, Concepts and Controversies

1st Edition

Philip John Tyson, Shakiela Khanam Davies, Alison Torn

Routledge
December 20, 2019 Forthcoming
Textbook - 296 Pages
ISBN 9780415786607 - CAT# Y318979

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Summary

Madness: History, Concepts and Controversies provides a comprehensive and critical analysis of current perspectives on mental illness and how they have been shaped by historical trends and dominant socio-political paradigms.

From its representation among world religions and wider folkloric myth, to early attempts to rationalize and treat symptoms of mental disorder, this book outlines the principle contemporary models of understanding mental health and situates them within a wider historical and social context. The authors consider a variety of current controversies within the mental health arena and provide numerous pedagogical features to allow students the opportunity to understand and engage in current issues and debates relating to mental health.

By discussing key issues such as the social construction of mental illness, this text provides an essential overview of how societies and science has understood mental illness, and will appeal to students, researchers and general readers alike.

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