Thesis ID: CBB575040905

Confronting the Power of Psychiatry: The Psychiatric Survivors' Movement, 1972-1986 (2018)

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This thesis explores the history of the mental patients’ liberation movement in the 1970s-1980s. It shows how psychiatric survivors successfully contested the power and legitimacy of psychiatry via mutual support and self-help; activism as a grassroots social movement; and the creation of alternate conceptions of madness and patient-controlled alternatives to the mental health system. Ex-patients utilized their distinct knowledge to make the personal political, moving beyond the critiques of anti-psychiatrists, to fight psychiatric abuses such as electroshock and forced drugging. It covers the movement’s tactics, most successful local and national activism, and cross-movement alliances – especially its anti-incarceration work with the prisoners’ rights movement. It offers a nuanced understanding of the tensions that led to the movement’s fracturing, and argues that activists adapted by retaining a “tempered liberation focus” that enabled them to work towards change and human rights within the psychiatric system while remaining true to their original liberatory goals.

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Authors & Contributors
Taylor, Barbara
Sammet, Kai
Shorter, Edward
Healy, David
Hilton, Claire
Murray, Heather Michelle
Journals
Sudhoffs Archiv: Zeitschrift fuer Wissenschaftsgeschichte
History of Psychiatry
Journal of American Culture
Canadian Bulletin of Medical History/Bulletin Canadienne d'Histoire de la Medecine
Medizinhistorisches Journal
Medical History
Publishers
Rutgers University Press
Harvard University
Routledge
Edizioni ETS
Franz Steiner Verlag
Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Concepts
Psychiatry
Mental disorders and diseases
Psychiatric hospitals
Therapeutic practice; therapy; treatment
Electroconvulsive therapy; electroshock therapy
Human rights
People
Griesinger, Wilhelm
Rosenhan, David
Time Periods
20th century, late
20th century
21st century
19th century
20th century, early
Places
Great Britain
Germany
Italy
United States
Berlin (Germany)
Hamburg (Germany)
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