1st Edition

Psychiatric Ideologies and Institutions

By Anselm L. Strauss Copyright 1981
    445 Pages
    by Routledge

    446 Pages
    by Routledge

    The authors of this volume point out that what is ordinarily termed the psychiatric hospital's "social structure" is principally derived from three sources: the number and kinds of professionals who work there; the treatment ideologies and professional identities of these professionals; and the relationships of the institution and its professionals to outside communities, both professional and lay. They describe hospitals as sites where ideological battles characterizing the mental health arena are being fought, implemented, critiqued, modified, and transformed.

    This classic monograph in medical sociology was originally published in the 1960s. The period studied was 1958 through 1963, when somatic and psychotherapeutic ideologies were flourishing—as now—and milieutherapy was just emerging. The research team was multidisciplinary: three sociologists, one psychologist, and one psychiatrist.

    Three distinct psychiatric environments were researched: two at the Chicago State Hospital—"chronic services" and "treatment services"—and one at a private hospital. What evolved were thoughtful comparative analyses of hospitals, wards, professionals, ideological positions, careers, and organizational and situational placements.

    1: Part One; 1: Guiding Perspectives; 2: Logic, Techniques, and Strategies of Team Fieldwork; 3: The Chicago Psychiatric Scene; 2: Part Two; 4: The Questionnaire Study; 3: Part Three; 5: Laymen in the State Hospital; 6: Treatment Services in the State Hospital 1; 7: Professionals and Their Organization of Work; 8: Patients Fates on the Treatment Services; 4: Part four; 9: Psychiatrists in a Private Hospital; 10: The Nurses at PPI; 11: The Aides: nonprofessionals in a Professional Setting; 12: Patient Fates at the F rivate Hospital; 13: Negotiated Order and the Co-ordination of Work 1; 14: Therapy and Management During Crisis; 5: Part Five; 15: Psychiatric Institutions, Ideologies, and Professions


    Anselm L. Strauss