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Title: Risk and recovery in an era of convergence : a critical discourse analysis of personality disorder policy and practice in Northern Ireland
Author: Mcabride, Ruair-Santiago
ISNI:       0000 0004 5370 9849
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2015
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This thesis is focused on the relationship between discourse, power/knowledge, policy, institutions, and people. Utilising the theoretical framework of critical discourse analysis (CDA) I examine these phenomena through the contested and controversial lens of 'personality disorder'; a psychiatric diagnosis used to categorise people assessed to exhibit impairments of the 'self and dysfunctions in 'interpersonal functioning'. Through an analysis of UK Government policy documents I show how since the turn of the 21 st century 'personality disorder' has become a signature of modern British governance. Influencing this development I show is risk-centric penal policies, recovery oriented mental health practice and the increasing convergence between the institutions of Health and Justice. This analysis reveals 'personality disorder' to be a diagnostic technology through which questions of modern forms of social regulation can be probed. Drawing on semi-structured interview data and documentary data I consider how 'personality disorder' policy developments, which have occurred across the UK, have been experienced locally in Northern Ireland. In so doing I examine how 'personality disorder' is related to other 21 st century shifts in social regulation, including legislative developments and prison health care reforms. I question what these broad changes in modern forms of governance mean both conceptually and practically for people diagnosed with a 'personality disorder.' In this way this thesis draws links between 'personality disorder' as a tool of social control (used to manage people who disrupt the moral order) as well as a technology of the self (used as a form of self-management).
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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