Subjectivity and Critical Mental Health: Lessons from Brazil presents and discusses subjectivity as a key concept to challenge the individualized and reified perspective that psychology and mental health studies have traditionally sustained. Situated against the maintenance of hierarchical, unilateral and objectifying relations within mental health, this book is a timely and necessary critical intervention.
Drawing on González Rey’s cultural-historical theory of subjectivity, the author constructs points of convergence with critical social psychology, as well as with some critiques from traditional psychiatry based on antipsychiatry. Using empirical findings from original research undertaken in Brazilian community mental health services, a complex articulation between mental health, education and subjective development is proposed by emphasizing a unified research/professional practice, based on an ethics of the subject. Ending by examining possible alternatives for critical mental health that engage with culture and society, the book sets the stage for further re-thinking of research and practice within the critical mental health field.
Accessibly written, the interdisciplinary nature of the text should also make this book fascinating reading for students and academics interested in critical psychology, post-colonial studies, mental health and education alike.
Table of Contents
Foreword 1. Introduction 2. Deinstitutionalization and mental health 3. Subjectivity as a transverse concept 4. Subjective sense and subjective configuration: conceptual devices to foster new articulations within the mental health field 5. The subject and the agent beyond idealization 6. Subjective development and ethics of the subject: crucial challenges for critical mental health care 7. Final remarks Bibliography Index
Daniel Magalhães Goulart is associate professor at the Faculty of Education and Health Sciences of the University Centre of Brasília, Brasília, Brazil. His research interests focus on critical psychology and education from the cultural-historical approach of subjectivity in the fields of: 1) critical mental health care; 2) subjective development and education; 3) strategies beyond the pathologization of life.