"The essay "Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses" is, of course, a central reference in studies of ideology. The other essays in this book support it. Althusser's style is rather pedantic, but as a result he errs on the side of clarity. A mentor of Foucault."
"Another central reference in the field of ideology, politics, and institutional analysis, knowledge of all of which is important to the antipsychiatrist. Bourdieu's prose ranges from wandering to outright impenetrable, but the going gets good in chapters 7, 8, and 9. Extensively discussed by Butler."
"A very good book in the area of philosophy of medicine. Skip the introduction by Foucault, which is all but unreadable. Pay special attention to the chapter toward the end, on the similarity of legal and medical systems, but read them all. Canguilhem was Foucault's dissertation advisor, and the influence is clear."
"A harrowing tale of a sojourn through a mental hospital pre-"revolution." Donaldson is a wierd duck (three cheers on the death of Rooseveldt?!?), but clearly sane, yet he spent over a decade of his life in snake-pit institutions, keeping notes all the while, which materialized in this book and the landmark suprime court case."
"This book, written during the 1970's reads like it was written in a distant time. Current legislation, such as the MHSA, gives lip service to patient-controlled alternatives, but they are out of view, if they still exist at all. Still worth reading for its vision and political attitude."
"A well-written account by a poet, defected from Poland during the cold war, of the fate of his intellectual peers, who got sucked into the soviet ideology machine one way or another. Useful by analogy to anti-psychiatrists, about how a lot of people can get manipulated into supporting and believing in an ideological agenda. Good counterpoint to Althusser, a doctrinare Marxist."
"The classic account by a very good American sociologist posing as a psychiatric technician at a mental hospital. Penetrating insights. Somewhat less broad in the topics that it covers than I would have liked, but a _locus classicus_ nonetheless. Widely cited."
"This is a key text on the boarderline between psychiatry and anthropology, especially as it is practiced on the West Coast, where Bateson lived and worked for much of his career (at Stanford). Read this to learn what they're doing to you and why."
"by Jurgen Ruesch AND GREGORY BATESON. Jeez! Anyway, an important early text by Bateson and Ruesch covering many important points about psychiatry and bringing in analogies with information technology. Not an anti-psychiatry perspective by any means. (To the contrary, quite appreciative.) Useful nevertheless."
"An important book because of Torrey's impact through his Treatment Advocacy Center. This book is chock full of distortions and a few outright lies. Not for the faint of heart. Nevertheless, important to read for knowing what you are up against. Pursue the references to violence studies, which are important in public policy debates."
"A hard book, it took me over ten years to read. The last run-through took two months, during which I did little else. The essays on Artaud, esp. the first, have the greatest relevance to antipsychiatry, followed by the ones on Foucault and Freud, but the whole book is useful for getting a grip on deconstruction, which is an important critical tool for the antipsychiatry activist."
"This is a key text in the antipsychiatry _ouvre_ (or _desouvre_). It's a hard read. Better if you've first read Marx, _Capital_ and, I imagine, Deleuze's _Difference and Repetition_. Goodchild's book is an excellent secondary source."
"Another difficult text by D & G. Relevance to psychiatry is tangential. The book is about power and authority in general. Still the insights are essential, as Kafka was a tortured man. It builds on their other work."
"This is a very important book about what mental health court is really like, done in the American sociological tradition. Average time per hearing < 2 minutes. Judge, DA, and Public Defender choreograph them in advance. Shocking story of condescension in the appendix."
"A juridically competent review of mental health law and practice, by a former Juris Doctorate student who quit and became a sociologist or something. Current and by an incredibly prolific author, this guy has some worthwhile criticism and some interesting ideas. One gets the impression he's too busy to develop them fully."
"Burce Arrigo's doctoral dissertation. He analyzes the United States' most important mental health law cases from a Foucaultian perspective. Somewhat mechanical, but with important points nevertheless."
"An old, mostly forgotten text from long ago, this book nevertheless packs a punch that can still be felt in mental health law today. About the legal power of psychiatrists and why it should not be unfettered."
"Another key text in the "old time" antipsychiatry legal review. This book goes through not just mental health law but its related fields: alcoholism, enforced sterilization, etc. Brings up a lot of pertinent arguments and ends with the call to limit all enforced therapy to a dangerousness criterion. A key text."
"The third extensive legal tome in this list, this is important to antipsychiatry as psychiatry always has a relation to surveillance. Privacy concerns and antipsychiatry concerns just go together, and this is the important, early, and major work in the field."
"This is a key book arguing against privacy rights by one of the United States' most respected sociologists. Eerily foresees trends that would be made emphatic by 9/11. An important element in the debate about privacy."
"An important book about Kaczynski by his best friend. Reading this, you realize that, even aside from his henious crimes, Kaczynski really was a jerk. In this book, his friend interprets Ted's odd behavior in light of the events that followed."
"A very well-written account by one of Kaczynski's victims, a Yale computer scientist who was disabled for life by one of Kaczynski's mail bombs. At times, a jeremaid against the tendencies in modern society that, as Gelertner sees it, allowed Kaczynski to develop and commit his atrocities."
"A blow-by-blow legal account of the Kaczynski trial, with lengthy digressions into legal history and theory. The main thesis, that Kaczynski's lawyers hijacked his trial in order to impose their values on him, seems solid, and very instructive of how the legal profession sees and responds to mental illness."
"A classic of importance to any progressive cause. Anyone who has (or has ever had) to work for a living owes it to themselves to read this. Masterfully written, researched, and presented. (But also very 19th century.)"
"You need to learn calculus to go beyond Raiffa's introductory decision analysis text. Take a correspondence course, visit your local community college, or correct your exercizes with an answer key. Skip the trigonometric functions. Usually, you will only have to deal with polynomials."
"To the extent that psychiatry relies on coercion, it will always have to do with torture. This book includes an in-depth analysis of torture (and also, unrelated to antipsychiatry, a fascinating analysis of religion and technology)."