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The Social Control of Mental Illness

By Allan V. Horwitz

The Social Control of Mental Illness
Paperback, 240 pages £35.00
Published: 2010
ISBN: 9780971242760
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Subjects: Eliot Werner Publications, Sociology

In this book Allan Horwitz views mental illness within a sociological framework of deviance and social control and evaluates communal and individualistic styles of therapeutic control. His new prologue updates the work in the context of significant changes in the American response to mental illness, including the process of psychiatric diagnosis, conceptions of mental illness, and the dynamics of the mental health professions. Originally published by Academic Press in 1982.

From the Prologue to the Percheron Press Edition . . .

'[A new] system [of social control] based on less coercive and more voluntary therapy has crystallized as trends toward individualism have intensified. The social structures that characterize the remainder of this century, and the accompanying social responses to mental illness that arise, remain to be seen.'


Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. The Meaning of Mental Illness

Chapter 3. The Recognition of Mental Illness

Chapter 4. The Labelers of Mental Illness

Chapter 5. The Reaction to Mental Illness

Chapter 6. The Nature of Therapeutic Social Control

Chapter 7. Communal Styles of Therapeutic Social Control

Chapter 8. Individualistic Styles of Therapeutic Social Control


Subject Index

'In presenting us with pieces of a theory explaining how social control works, Horwitz has contributed a thoroughly sociological analysis of mental disorder in societies.' (Peter Conrad, Social Forces)

'[A] significant contribution to the study of mental illness. . . . [C]lear and forceful.' (Michael S. Goldstein, Contemporary Sociology)

'I found The Social Control of Mental Illness to be extremely useful to me, both as a professional sourcebook . . . and in the classroom. I like it; students like it. I now have the opportunity of recommending it to colleagues.' (Carol A. B. Warren, Sociology and Social Research)

'An intelligently conceived, well-written, and well-organized book about people who label other people mentally ill.' (Choice: Current Reviews of Academic Libraries)

Allan V. Horwitz, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 240 pages

BIC Code:
  PSY000000, SOC002000, SOC026000
 Eliot Werner Publications


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