Journals Higher Education



Published: 31 July 2014

272 Pages | 1 black and white illustration

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780719085819

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Destigmatising mental illness?

Professional politics and public education in Britain, 1870-1970

Vicky Long

Published by Manchester University Press

Disability History MUP

  • Argues that mental illness is a concept to be analysed, rather than a category of analysis
  • Arguing that current campaigns trivialise the difficulties facing people who experience serious mental disturbance, it urges campaigners to focus on the social, economic and political factors which fuel discrimination
  • Drawing upon extensive archival research, it provides the first historical account of healthcare workers' efforts to destigmatise mental illness
  • Offers a multifaceted approach to the history of mental illness in twentieth-century Britain, examining the perspectives of doctors, nurses, social workers, charities, patients and the media
  • Reveals how healthcare workers inadvertently stigmatised male patients and chronically ill patients as they sought to enhance their professional status

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