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Opticon1826  2009 

Nick Crossley, Contesting Psychiatry: Social Movements in Mental Health

DOI: 10.5334/opt.060917

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Collective action is one of the most researched topics in contemporary social science. Numerous analysts have engaged in the study of resistance movements in different spheres of social action, primarily focusing on discourses relative to self-determination and autonomy. Nonetheless, the study of social movements in mental health has been marginal, as the relevance of psychiatric movements to the general field of contentious politics has slowly faded away after the climax of the 1960s and 1970s. Nick Crossley, Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester, has filled this vacuum by exploring the vast world of psychiatric social movements active in the United Kingdom over the last fifty years. Although previous articles have provided a contextual analysis of the most well-known psychiatric movements in the political realm of their era, Contesting Psychiatry is the first attempt to provide a diachronic study of the major British psychiatric movements, accompanied by the analysis of their formation and progress.

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