"Outside Looking In" - Philosophy & Social Science View Psychiatry

A Listmania! list by Vincenzo Di Nicola (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
The list author says: "This is a companion to 'Psychiatry Against Itself.' Here I list critiques of psychiatry from philosophy, history and social science. Beginning with the important archaeological work of Michel Foucault and the still brilliant attempt by Herbert Marcuse to synthesize Freud and Marx, I continue through history of medicine, medical anthropology, sociology & journalism and end with ex-analyst Jeffrey Masson's angry polemic, 'Against Therapy.' As a psychologist, psychiatrist and psychotherapist, I don't agree with everything here but I think it is very important to consider these critiques very thoughtfully in doing our work."
Madness: The Invention of an Idea (Harper Perennial Modern Thought)
1.  Madness: The Invention of an Idea (Harper Perennial Modern Thought) by Michel Foucault
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  "The first of Michel Foucault's reflections on psychology, psychiatry and psychoanalysis. He was a psychologist at this time. We see the emergence of his voice as a philosopher of psychiatry. His first real writing bringing the two together was in the next volume in this list: an introduction to Ludwig Binswanger's 'Dream and Existence.'"
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Dream and Existence (Studies in Existential Psychology Psychiatry)
2.  Dream and Existence (Studies in Existential Psychology Psychiatry) by Michel Foucault
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  "Michel Foucault's introductory essay is longer & surpasses Ludwig Binswanger's text, 'Dream and Existence.' We see here Foucault the psychologist becoming Foucault the philosopher. Indispensable reading that shows to what extent Foucault looked to psychoanalysis in the first and to existential analysis in this one as a bold new way to think about psychiatry. That promise was not realized."
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Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason
3.  Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason by Michel Foucault
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History of Madness
4.  History of Madness by Michel Foucault
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Psychiatric Power: Lectures at the Collège de France, 1973--1974 (Lectures at the College de France)
5.  Psychiatric Power: Lectures at the Collège de France, 1973--1974 (Lectures at the College de France) by Michel Foucault
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Abnormal: Lectures at the Collège de France, 1974-1975 (Lectures at the College de France)
6.  Abnormal: Lectures at the Collège de France, 1974-1975 (Lectures at the College de France) by Michel Foucault
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Eros and Civilization (Ark Paperbacks)
7.  Eros and Civilization (Ark Paperbacks) by Herbert Marcuse
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Asylums: Essays on the Social Situation of Mental Patients and Other Inmates
8.  Asylums: Essays on the Social Situation of Mental Patients and Other Inmates by Erving Goffman
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Being Mentally Ill: A Sociological Theory
9.  Being Mentally Ill: A Sociological Theory by Thomas J. Scheff
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Madness: A Brief History
10.  Madness: A Brief History by Roy Porter
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Madhouse: A Tragic Tale of Megalomania and Modern Medicine
11.  Madhouse: A Tragic Tale of Megalomania and Modern Medicine by Andrew T. Scull
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Saints, Scholars, and Schizophrenics: Mental Illness in Rural Ireland, Twentieth Anniversary Edition, Updated and Expanded
12.  Saints, Scholars, and Schizophrenics: Mental Illness in Rural Ireland, Twentieth Anniversary Edition, Updated and Expanded by Nancy Scheper-Hughes
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The Harmony of Illusions: Inventing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
13.  The Harmony of Illusions: Inventing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder by Allan Young
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The Empire of Trauma: An Inquiry into the Condition of Victimhood
14.  The Empire of Trauma: An Inquiry into the Condition of Victimhood by Didier Fassin
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Trauma : A Genealogy
15.  Trauma : A Genealogy by Ruth Leys
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Abnormal Psychology: Second Edition
16.  Abnormal Psychology: Second Edition by David L. Rosenhan
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From Paralysis to Fatigue: A History of Psychosomatic Illness in the Modern Era
17.  From Paralysis to Fatigue: A History of Psychosomatic Illness in the Modern Era by Edward Shorter
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Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche
18.  Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche by Ethan Watters
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Limits to Medicine: Medical Nemesis, the Expropriation of Health
19.  Limits to Medicine: Medical Nemesis, the Expropriation of Health by Ivan Illich
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  "While not overtly about psychiatry, Illich's polemic against modern medicine is bracing & brilliant. When I taught a course on the organization & delivery of health care, this was at the top of my reading list. For a thoughtful, reasoned & balanced reply, see David Horrobin’s  'Medical Hubris.' He agrees with Illich when indicated, offering solutions but disagrees & refutes when necessary."
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Medical hubris: A reply to Ivan Illich
20.  Medical hubris: A reply to Ivan Illich by David Horrobin
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  "This is David Horrobin's reply to Illich. Horrobin shows integrity and a deep engagement with Illich's critique. The two are worth reading side by side."
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Steps to an Ecology of Mind: Collected Essays in Anthropology, Psychiatry, Evolution, and Epistemology
21.  Steps to an Ecology of Mind: Collected Essays in Anthropology, Psychiatry, Evolution, and Epistemology by Gregory Bateson
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  "This collection by the patron saint of family or systemic therapy offers an alternative view of the systemic context of health and mental illness, notably in the piece about the now infamous "double-bind theory of schizophrenia.""
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The Assault on Truth: Freud's Suppression of the Seduction Theory
22.  The Assault on Truth: Freud's Suppression of the Seduction Theory by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
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In the Freud Archives (New York Review Books Classics)
23.  In the Freud Archives (New York Review Books Classics) by Janet Malcolm
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Psychoanalysis: The Impossible Profession
24.  Psychoanalysis: The Impossible Profession by Janet Malcolm
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Against Therapy
25.  Against Therapy by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
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Qualifications: Professor of Psychiatry, PhD candidate at the European Graduate School
Last updated: 4/10/11
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