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Sociology of Mental Health and Illness [Paperback]

David Pilgrim , Anne Rogers
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1 Jun 1999 0335203477 978-0335203475 2nd Revised edition
Praise for the first edition of "A Sociology of Mental Health and Illness": "I would recommend this book highly as an essential text for Mental Health Branch nursing." - Philip Lister, Nurse Tutor, The Hereford and Worcestershire College of Nursing and Midwifery. "Pilgrim and Rogers' text offers an excellent starting point for those wanting an overall introduction to the sociological issues, covering a wide range of perspectives. Written with undergraduates and mental health professionals in mind, it fills a huge void in the literature." - Mick Carpenter, Department of Applied Social Studies, University of Warwick. "Given the introductory intention of the authors, this book will provide a more than useful starting point for the target audience. People already working or intending to work in the area of mental health and mental illness should read it." - Lawrence Whyte, Health Matters. The revised edition of this best-selling book provides a clear overview of the major aspects of the sociology of mental health and illness. As well as drawing upon a range of social theories and methods to illustrate its points, it provides the reader with information which is organized along dimensions of class, gender, race and age. The mental health professions are critically analysed and long standing debates about the role of legalism explored. Organizational aspects of psychiatry are examined as well as the growing relevance of community mental health work. The book ends with a discussion of the various ways in which psychiatric patients and their relatives can be understood in their social context.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Open University Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Jun 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0335203477
  • ISBN-13: 978-0335203475
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 17 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 161,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"...an erudite, engaging and provocative history of sociological ideas...an outstanding piece of sociology." - The Sociological Review "Seldom have I been soimpressed; the breadth and depth of scholarship in this work is awesome." - Professor Charles E Marske "...remarkably well written and informative." - Professor Edwin M Lemert "What was meant and praised as a necessary, courageous and successful step of liberating and emancipating the discipline of criminology fromthe narrow boundaries of the penal law turns out to be another scientific blind alley - now at the level of society. This is the central message of Colin Sumner's fine and scholarly study on the conceptual career of 'deviance' - a literary journey that covers a century long period of theoretical reflection andanalysis." - Professor Dr Fritz Sack

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David Pilgrim is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the NHS in Blackburn and Professor of Mental Health in the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work at the University of Liverpool.Anne Rogers is Reader in Sociology in the National Primary Care Research and Development Centre at the University of Manchester.The authors' research interests have focused on the mental health professions, the role of mental service users and lay perspectives on mental health. Their co-authored books include Mental Health Policy in Britain and Experiencing Psychiatry (with Ron Lacey). David Pilgrim has also written Psychotherapy and Society and Clinical Psychology Observed. Anne Rogers has recently written Demanding Patients?: Analysing the Use of Primary Care (with Karen Hassell and Gerry Nicolaas). She is currently directing a programme of research on the demand for primary care services.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It does what it says on the tin... 4 Dec 2004
By Phill Lister VINE VOICE
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A previous reviewer complained about the sociological bias of this book. I have no complaint. I think this is its greatest strength. The book's title tells you exactly what it claims to be, and the contents live up to this description.
The fact that the medical model along with others is scrutinised doesn't make the book "unbalanced" in my view. I don't remember being struck by any "medical howlers", but if there are any they don't invalidate the overall critical analysis.
This book is an excellent example of the application of the sociological imagination to this complex, confusing but compelling field. The plight of those of us who suffer emotional and mental problems deserves the understanding that a sociological imagination can bring.
As well as illuminating its subject, this book gives the reader an insight into the sociological perspective, and gives a clear account of various sociological concepts and theoretical positions.
I like things that do what they say they will. I'd recommend this book.
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6 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinarily unbalanced 9 April 2004
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Interesting book full of arguments which are all distinctly anti-psychiatry. The book could have done with a medical contributor, as whilst it clearly has a clinical psychologist contributing, his understanding of medical therapies seems severely limited since the book is full of medical howlers.
This is typical sociological 'argument', don't expect anything different.
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