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    Madness and the demand for recognition: a philosophical inquiry into identity and mental health activism

    Rashed, Mohammed Abouelleil (2019) Madness and the demand for recognition: a philosophical inquiry into identity and mental health activism. International Perspectives in Philosophy and Psychiatry. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198786863. (In Press)

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    Abstract

    Book synopsis: Madness is a complex and contested term. Through time and across cultures it has acquired many formulations: for some madness is synonymous with unreason and violence, for others with creativity and subversion, elsewhere it is associated with spirits and spirituality. Among the different formulations, there is one in particular that has taken hold so deeply and systematically that it has become the default view in many communities around the world: the idea that madness is a disorder of the mind. Contemporary developments in mental health activism pose a radical challenge to psychiatric and societal understandings of madness. Mad Pride and mad-positive activism reject the language of mental 'illness' and 'disorder', reclaim the term 'mad', and reverse its negative connotations. Activists seek cultural change in the way madness is viewed, and demand recognition of madness as grounds for identity. But can madness constitute such grounds? Is it possible to reconcile delusions, passivity phenomena, and the discontinuity of self often seen in mental health conditions with the requirements for identity formation presupposed by the theory of recognition? How should society respond? Guided by these questions, this book is the first comprehensive philosophical examination of the claims and demands of Mad activism. Locating itself in the philosophy of psychiatry, Mad studies, and activist literatures, the book develops a rich theoretical framework for understanding, justifying, and responding to Mad activism's demand for recognition.

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    Item Type: Book
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): recognition, mental health activism, Mad pride, Mad activism, madness, freedom, identity, reconciliation, politics of recognition, Mad identity, Mad culture, Mad studies
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Philosophy
    Depositing User: Mohammed Rashed
    Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2018 12:47
    Last Modified: 18 Sep 2018 12:47
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/21140

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