The Quest for Mental Health: A Tale of Science, Medicine, Scandal, Sorrow, and Mass Society (BOK)

Ian Dowbiggin

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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.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2011 Forfatter Ian Dowbiggin
Forlag
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
ISBN 9780521868679
Antall sider 258 Dimensjoner 15,2cm x 22,8cm x 1,9cm
Vekt 480 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form History of medicine, Psychiatry, Mental health services

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