Linda Morrison brings the voices and issues of a little-known, complex social movement to the attention of sociologists, mental health professionals, and the general public. The members of this social movement work to gain voice for their own experience, to raise consciousness of injustice and inequality, to expose the darker side of psychiatry, and to promote alternatives for people in emotional distress. Talking Back to Psychiatry explores the movement's history, its complex membership, its strategies and goals, and the varied response it has received from psychiatry, policy makers, and the public at large.
Introduction: The Consumer/Survivor/Ex-Patient Movement 1. From Sick Role to Social Movement: Theoretical Explorations 2. Negotiating Activist and Researcher Roles: Methodological Considerations 3. The Consumer/Survivor/Ex-Patient Movement: Historical Background and Themes 4. Resistant Identities: Voice, Choice, and Advocacy 5. Talking Back through the Larger Movement: Campaigns and Initiatives 6. The Politics of Identity, Power and Knowledge