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Madness, Violence, and Power: A Critical Collection

Book Cover: a brown straight jacket with the text: Madness, Violence, and Power: A Critical CollectionEdited by Andrea Daley, Lucy Costa, and Peter Beresford

[Briefly: Violence and Power affect Mad people in complex ways from the ways we normally think about confinement, “treatment” to subtler “slow violence”. Racism, homophobia, immigration status, Islamophobia and more define who is Mad and how they will be treated/believed and whether they get justice.]

From the website:

Madness, Violence, and Power: A Critical Collection disengages from the common forms of discussion about violence related to mental health service users and survivors which position those users or survivors as more likely to enact violence or become victims of violence. Instead, this book seeks to broaden understandings of violence manifest in the lives of mental health service users/survivors, ‘push’ current considerations to explore the impacts of systems and institutions that manage ‘abnormality’, and to create and foster space to explore the role of our own communities in justice and accountability dialogues.

This critical collection constitutes an integral contribution to critical scholarship on violence and mental illness by addressing a gap in the existing literature by broadening the “violence lens,” and inviting an interdisciplinary conversation that is not narrowly biomedical and neuro-scientific.

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