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The social organization of mental illness / Lindsay Prior.


London ; Newbury Park : Sage Publications, 1993.
ISBN 0803984995, 0803985002

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Subjects Community Mental Health Services -- organization & administration.
Community mental health services -- Philosophy.
Geestelijke gezondheidszorg.
Hospitals, Psychiatric -- organization & administration.
Hôpitaux psychiatriques -- Soins -- Philosophie.
Malades mentaux -- Désinstitutionnalisation.
Maladies mentales -- Opinion publique.
Mental Disorders -- rehabilitation.
Mental illness -- Public opinion.
Mentally ill -- Deinstitutionalization.
Psychiatric hospital care -- Philosophy.
Psychiatrie -- Philosophie.
Psychiatrie sociale.
Psychiatrische patiënten.
Psychiatry -- Philosophy.
Psychology, Social.
Santé mentale, Services communautaires de -- Philosophie.
Social psychiatry.
Sozialpsychiatrie.
Ziekenhuizen.
Description xiii, 225 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Copyright Date 1993.
Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 200-215) and index.
Summary This book analyses changing definitions of mental illness and the way in which they have been reflected in the organization of health care. Lindsay Prior looks at the provision of medical and social services for people with serious psychiatric disorders, and shows how this both reflects and constitutes the nature of mental illness.
Focusing on the transition from hospital- to community-centred services, the most important and far-reaching of all the organizational changes that have affected twentieth-century psychiatry, Prior outlines the rationales which lie behind this shift in emphasis, as well as other transformations in mental health service provision.
He demonstrates how sociological insights into the world of psychiatric medicine can be gained from an examination of the multiple ways in which disorders have been represented in, and through, the work of psychiatric professionals.
In the light of major changes in the theory and practice of key groups of psychiatric professionals, including psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, occupational therapists and psychologists, Prior discusses the consequences both for the providers and the recipients of psychiatric care. This accessible and stimulating study will be of interest to both academics and professionals in the fields of the sociology of health and illness, social policy, psychology and health care.
Contents 1. Introduction: Social Representations and Social Worlds -- 2. Changing Images of the Psychiatric Hospital -- 3. The Diverse Objects of Psychiatric Theory -- 4. Networks of Professional Practice -- 5. Representations of Psychiatric Disorder in the Community -- 6. Representations of Psychiatric Disorder in the Family -- 7. The Social Worlds of the Hospital -- 8. The Social Worlds of the Community -- 9. Epilogue: Representations of Mental Illness -- Appendix: A Brief Note on the Empirical Research.
Geographic Area Great Britain
Network Numbers (OCoLC)28964935
(OCoLC)ocm28964935
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WorldCat Identities Prior, Lindsay, 1947-
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