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The Resource A Lexicon of Lunacy : Metaphoric Malady, Moral Responsibility and Psychiatry

A Lexicon of Lunacy : Metaphoric Malady, Moral Responsibility and Psychiatry

Label
A Lexicon of Lunacy : Metaphoric Malady, Moral Responsibility and Psychiatry
Title
A Lexicon of Lunacy
Title remainder
Metaphoric Malady, Moral Responsibility and Psychiatry
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Thomas Szasz is renowned for his critical exploration of the literal language of psychiatry and his rejection of officially sanctioned definitions of mental illness. His work has initiated a continuing debate in the psychiatric community whose essence is often misunderstood. Szasz's critique of the established view of mental illness is rooted in an insistent distinction between disease and behavior. In his view, psychiatrists have misapplied the vocabulary of disease as metaphorical figures to denote a range of deviant behaviors from the merely eccentric to the criminal. In A Lexicon of Lunacy, Szasz extends his analysis of psychiatric language to show how its misuse has resulted in a medicalized view of life that denies the reality of free will and responsibility. Szasz documents the extraordinary extent to which modern diagnosis of mental illness is subject to shifting social attitudes and values. He shows how economic, personal, legal, and political factors have come to play an increasingly powerful role in the diagnostic process, with consequences of blurring the distinction between cultural and scientific standards. Broadened definitions of mental illness have had a corrosive effect on the criminal justice system in undercutting traditional conceptions of criminal behavior and have encouraged state-sanctioned coercive interventions that bestow special privileges (and impose special hardships) on persons diagnosed as mentally ill. Lucidly written and powerfully argued, and now available in paperback, this provocative and challenging volume will be of interest to psychologists, criminologists, and sociologists."--Provided by publisher
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Szasz, Thomas,
Dewey number
616.89/001
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Antipsychiatry
  • Mental health personnel
  • Mental illness
  • Psycholinguistics
Label
A Lexicon of Lunacy : Metaphoric Malady, Moral Responsibility and Psychiatry
Instantiates
Publication
Color
multicolored
Control code
on1005539366
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
First edition
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781315083414
Note
Taylor & Francis
Other physical details
text file, PDF
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1005539366
Label
A Lexicon of Lunacy : Metaphoric Malady, Moral Responsibility and Psychiatry
Publication
Color
multicolored
Control code
on1005539366
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
First edition
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781315083414
Note
Taylor & Francis
Other physical details
text file, PDF
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1005539366

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