Trauma, Women’s Mental Health, and Social Justice: Pitfalls and Possibilities

1st Edition

Emma Tseris

Routledge
April 10, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 152 Pages
ISBN 9781138091801 - CAT# Y334593
Series: Routledge Research in Gender and Society

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Summary

This book argues that while notions of trauma in mental health hold promise for the advancement of women’s rights, the mainstreaming of trauma treatments and therapies has had mixed implications, sometimes replacing genuine social change efforts with new forms of female oppression by psychiatry. It contends that trauma interventions often represent a ‘business as usual’ approach within psychiatry, with women being expected to comply with rigid treatment protocols, accepting the advice given by trauma ‘experts’ that they are mentally unstable and that they must learn to manage the effects of violence in the absence of any real changes to their circumstances or resources. A critique of trauma treatment in its current form, Trauma, Women’s Mental Health, and Social Justice recommends practical steps towards a socio-political perspective on trauma which passionately re-engages with feminist values and activist principles.

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