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Title: Latter Day Lepers? : the regulation of mental ill-health : a study in governmentality, power and control
Author: Christian, Linda
ISNI:       0000 0004 2686 806X
Awarding Body: University of Sussex
Current Institution: University of Sussex
Date of Award: 2010
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This study explores the issues around the separation from society of people who have mental health problems. It reconstructs the model of power provided by Foucault in his later work on governmentality. A careful examination of Foucault's theory of power is undertaken in comparison to others within the sociological tradition to demonstrate how this lends itself most appropriately to the kind of analysis undertaken here. The focus is on Foucault's later work where he addresses the power/knowledge couplet and what subsequently came to be coined 'structures in governmentality'. In this sense the study is located as a post Foucauldian analysis and develops some important elements of his theorizing about power. The emphasis demonstrates the significance of power and power relationships in an attempt to make sense of the experiences of people with mental health problems and in particular the impact that mental health policies have on them. Of particular interest is the way that Foucauldian sOciologists such as Rose and Dean have re-constructed Foucault's theory of power. It is this emphasis on governmentality as forms of regulation, social control and management in relation to people who have mental health problems that is at the centre of this study.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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