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The social organization of mental illness

Author: Lindsay Prior
Publisher: London ; Newbury Park : Sage Publications, 1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book analyses changing definitions of mental illness and the way in which they have been reflected in the organization of health care. Lindsay Prior looks at the provision of medical and social services for people with serious psychiatric disorders, and shows how this both reflects and constitutes the nature of mental illness.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Lindsay Prior
ISBN: 0803984995 9780803984998 0803985002 9780803985001
OCLC Number: 28964935
Description: xiii, 225 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Contents: 1. Introduction: Social Representations and Social Worlds --
2. Changing Images of the Psychiatric Hospital --
3. The Diverse Objects of Psychiatric Theory --
4. Networks of Professional Practice --
5. Representations of Psychiatric Disorder in the Community --
6. Representations of Psychiatric Disorder in the Family --
7. The Social Worlds of the Hospital --
8. The Social Worlds of the Community --
9. Epilogue: Representations of Mental Illness --
Appendix: A Brief Note on the Empirical Research.
Responsibility: Lindsay Prior.
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Examines the organization of medical and social services for people with serious psychiatric disorders. This text focuses on the transition from hospital-centred to community-centred services and  Read more...

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