By Anne Rogers, David Pilgrim
A very important textual content for learning the consequences of psychological well-being and disease on a society
This bestselling textbook offers a transparent assessment of the key features of the sociology of psychological healthiness and sickness. during this re-creation, the authors replace each one bankruptcy, bearing in mind contemporary social technology and social psychiatric literature.
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Discussion With the exception of social causationism, sociological perspectives problematize the notion of mental disorder. The force of these arguments can be seen in the continuing debates both within sociology and across other disciplines. Various forms of ambivalence are evident on all sides. Social realists can still ‘do business’ with psychiatry, particularly if a biopsychosocial model is deployed and investigated in a spirit of genuine inter-disciplinary collaboration. The inter-disciplinary project of ‘social psychiatry’ describes this convergence of disciplinary interests.
Notions about antisocial behaviour sometimes appear to be less readily accommodated within the lay discourse of distress and oddity. Two examples of this appeared in Britain in the early 1980s when juries were asked to consider the states of mind of two mass murderers and rejected expert psychiatric views that the men were mentally disordered. Peter Sutcliffe (the so called Yorkshire Ripper) murdered several women on the pretext of being on a mission from God. Jurors were not prepared to allow him the excuse of mental ill health and found him guilty of malice aforethought.
The insanity defence is more common in some countries than others. It is rare in Britain, where the next contingency is more likely to operate; • The defence of ‘diminished responsibility’ can be invoked, when mentally disordered offenders commit murder, but not in the case of other crimes in current English law. The legal term used in this context is suffering from ‘abnormality of mind’, which does not map neatly on to diagnostic categories preferred by psychiatrists; • The most contentious decision is in relation to temporary loss of reason and intention.
A Sociology of Mental Health and Illness by Anne Rogers, David Pilgrim