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1st Edition

Talking Back to Psychiatry
The Psychiatric Consumer/Survivor/Ex-Patient Movement

ISBN 9780415804899
Published October 28, 2009 by Routledge
212 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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Linda Morrison teaches sociology at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. She worked previously in the mental health field.