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Madness is Civilization
Author: Michael E. Staub

ISBN: 9780226214634
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 9 October 2014
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.8
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In the 1960s and 1970s, a popular diagnosis for America's problems was that society was becoming a madhouse. In this intellectual and cultural history, Michael E. Staub examines a time when many believed insanity was a sane reaction to obscene social conditions, psychiatrists were agents of repression, asylums were gulags for society's undesirables, and mental illness was a concept with no medical basis.Madness Is Civilization explores the general consensus that societal illsfrom dysfunctional marriage and family dynamics to the Vietnam War, racism, and sexismwere at the root of mental illness. Staub chronicles the surge in influence of socially attuned psychodynamic theories along with the rise of radical therapy and psychiatric survivors' movements. He shows how the theories of antipsychiatry held unprecedented sway over an enormous range of medical, social, and political debates until a bruising backlash against these theoriespart of the reaction to the perceived excesses and self-absorptions of the 1960seffectively distorted them into caricatures. Throughout, Staub reveals that at stake in these debates of psychiatry and polit...

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