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Psycho Politics

Author : Peter Sedgwick, Dr
ISBN : 099265095X
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A classic in the field of mental health, one of the few credible critiques of the anti-psychiatry movement which retains its significance today, Psycho Politics includes scholarly appraisals of the ideas of Goffman, Laing, Szasz and Foucault and proposals for a politics of mental health which neither separates mind and body, nor abdicates responsibility for the alleviation of suffering. Sedgwick argues that mental health movements have overemphasised individual civil liberty at the expense of developing collective responsibility for mental health care. This book has wide ranging implications for political activism, social movements and the future of mental health care. This edition has a new foreword by Helen Spandler (reader in mental health at the University of Central Lancaster), Rob Dellar (founder member of Mad Pride) and Alastair Kemp (Mental Health Survivor activist) placing Sedgwick's work in context today> This edition also includes for the first time the text of Sedgwick's 1983 address to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, 'The Fate of Psychiatry in the New Populism'.


Author : Byung-Chul Han
ISBN : 9781784785796
Genre : Political Science
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Exploring how neoliberalism has discovered the productive force of the psyche Byung-Chul Han, a star of German philosophy, continues his passionate critique of neoliberalism, trenchantly describing a regime of technological domination that, in contrast to Foucault’s biopower, has discovered the productive force of the psyche. In the course of discussing all the facets of neoliberal psychopolitics fueling our contemporary crisis of freedom, Han elaborates an analytical framework that provides an original theory of Big Data and a lucid phenomenology of emotion. But this provocative essay proposes counter models too, presenting a wealth of ideas and surprising alternatives at every turn.

Psycho Politics And Cultural Desires

Author : Janet Harbord
ISBN : 9781135360108
Genre : Art
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A cultural studies textbook that deals with issues of methodology, as well as mapping out the history and theories and ideas in cultural studies. The book examines the work of Raymond Williams, Lacan and Hoggart, among Others, And Explores Notions Of Subculture, Psychoanalysis, Marxist thought, narrative, autobiography, fiction, subjectivity, language, history and representation. The book focuses on the past, present and future of cultural studies, with the aim of providing readers with a clear overview of the central ideas within the area, developing current debates and possible future avenues.

The Psychopolitics Of Food

Author : Mihalis Mentinis
ISBN : 9781317294788
Genre : Psychology
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The Psychopolitics of Food probes into the contemporary ‘foodscape’, examining culinary practices and food habits and in particular the ways in which they conflate with neoliberal political economy. It suggests that generic alimentary and culinary practices constitute technologies of the self and the body and argues that the contemporary preoccupation with food takes the form of ‘rites of passage’ that express and mark the transition from a specific stage of neoliberal development to another vis-à-vis a re-configuration of the alimentary and sexual regimes. Even though these rites of passage are taking place on the borders of cultural bi-polarities, their function, nevertheless, is precisely to define these borders as sites of a neoliberal transitional demand; that is, to produce a cultural bifurcation between ‘eating orders’ and ‘eating dis-orders’, by promoting and naturalising certain social logics while simultaneously rendering others as abject and anachronistic. The book is a worthwhile read for researchers and advanced scholars in the areas of food studies, critical psychology, anthropology and sociology.

The Quest For Mental Health

Author : Ian Dowbiggin
ISBN : 9781139498685
Genre : History
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This is the story of one of the most far-reaching human endeavors in history: the quest for mental well-being. From its origins in the eighteenth century to its wide scope in the early twenty-first, this search for emotional health and welfare has cost billions. In the name of mental health, millions around the world have been tranquilized, institutionalized, psycho-analyzed, sterilized, lobotomized and even euthanized. Yet at the dawn of the new millennium, reported rates of depression and anxiety are unprecedentedly high. Drawing on years of field research, Ian Dowbiggin argues that if the quest for emotional well-being has reached a crisis point in the twenty-first century, it is because mass society is enveloped by cultures of therapism and consumerism, which increasingly advocate bureaucratic and managerial approaches to health and welfare.


Author : Dorothy Baker
ISBN : 0933900163
Genre : Psychology
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The Soviet Art Of Brainwashing A Synthesis Of The Russian Textbook On Psychopolitics

Author : Lavrent Beria
ISBN : 9781387471188
Genre : History
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Psychopolitics - "The art and science of asserting and maintaining dominion over the thoughts and loyalties of individuals, officers, bureaus, and masses, and the effecting of the conquest of enemy nations through "mental healing." The former Commissariat for Internal Affairs Beria introduces Soviet Spy students in the methods to brainwash, and control of 'the enemy'. Both on a one-on-one level as well as on a group level, this explosive textbook has been translated and now published. Ever since American prisoners of war in Korea suddenly switched sides to the Communist cause, the concept of brainwashing has continued to concern us. Has it stopped just because the Soviet Union is no more? The only way to know is to understand how it takes place. Learn how it really Is possible to force any thinking person to act in a way completely alien to his character. What makes so-called brainwashing so different from the equally insidious effects of indoctrination and conditioning, or even 'mental health'?

Mental Health In China

Author : Jie Yang
ISBN : 9781509502998
Genre : Medical
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China's massive economic restructuring in recent decades has generated alarming incidences of mental disorder affecting over one hundred million people. This timely book provides an anthropological analysis of mental health in China through an exploration of psychology, psychiatry, psychotherapy and psychosocial practices, and the role of the State. The book offers a critical study of new characteristics and unique practices of Chinese psychology and cultural tradition, highlighting the embodied, holistic, heart-based approach to mental health. Drawing together voices from her own research and a broad range of theory, Jie Yang addresses the mental health of a diverse array of people, including members of China's elite, the middle class and underprivileged groups. She argues that the Chinese government aligns psychology with the imperatives and interests of state and market, mobilizing concepts of mental illness to resolve social, moral, economic, and political disorders while legitimating the continued rule of the party through psychological care and permissive empathy. This thoughtful analysis will appeal to those across the social sciences and humanities interested in well-being in China and the intersection of society, politics, culture, and mental health.


Author : Milton Greenblatt
ISBN : 0808910620
Genre : Mental health planning
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Political Paranoia

Author : Robert S. Robins
ISBN : 0300070276
Genre : Political Science
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Robert S. Robins and Jerrold M. Post, M.D., experts in political psychology, document and interpret the malign power of paranoia in a variety of contexts - in political movements like McCarthyism; in organizations like the John Birch Society; in leaders like Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, Jim Jones, and David Koresh; and among extreme groups that commit violence in the name of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. Indeed, Robins and Post show that the paranoid dynamic has been aggressively present in every social disaster of this century. Robins and Post describe the paranoid personality, explain why paranoia is part of human evolutionary history, and examine the conditions that must exist before the message of the paranoid takes root in a vulnerable population, leading to mass movements and genocidal violence.

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