By Gill Aitken, Pam Alldred, Robin Allwood, Tom Billington, Erica Burman, Brenda Goldberg, Colleen Heenan, Angel Juan, Gordo Lopez, Debs Mark, Sam Warner
What harm does psychology do to people's lives, and what do we do approximately it? How will we recognize and aid resistance? Written via specialist practitioners-researchers, this co-authored ebook explores how psychology legislates on normality after which makes use of its "expert" wisdom to show social marginalisation into pathology. Chapters tackle more than a few cultural and institutional arenas during which inequalities established round different types of gender, "race", classification and sexuality are reproduced via mental practices: from self-help books to big hospitals, from tuition exclusions to Gender id Clinics, from mothering magazines to psychological healthiness companies. yet faraway from simply documenting the wear, this publication identifies the ways that either execs and clients of prone can act to counter psychology's abuses. As functional intervention in addition to theoretical critique, Psychology, Discourse and Social perform deals tangible examples of the way switch might be effected. This ebook can be of curiosity to complicated undergraduates and postgraduates in psychology, overall healthiness, schooling and welfare disciplines. it's also suitable to social staff and schooling and health and wellbeing pros, in addition to expert psychologists.
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Extra resources for Psychology, Discourse And Social Practice: From Regulation To Resistance
In seeking to define children with ‘special needs’, Warnock was responding in part to those liberal discourses of disability which genuinely sought support for those children. Indeed, the report was an attempt to find a site of resistance against the prevailing practices in which children with particular problems were either ignored or else, if necessary, condemned to a more brutal form of segregation (see Foucault, 1961, and Rose, 1985 and 1989 for more detailed, historical explanations). The social practices which developed as a consequence of the Warnock Report, however, have themselves ultimately revealed a potential which is less than philanthropic.
It is only psychology’s judgements which are transient, however, for its authority is fixed in firmer economic and political foundations. Psychology is allowed to represent the authoritative position only when it adheres to a particular scientific model, a model which is the product of a cultural-historical struggle. During the last 300 years the original Latin word scientia (knowledge) has been absorbed by and developed within the English language until it now has a very specialized set of meanings and associations.
This practice produces further governmental pressure on medical institutions, as the proprietors and regulators of depression, to improve their services. Before beginning my concluding comments, I should like to point out that any substantial consideration of the effects of commercial and governmental discourses, two powerful and influential social forces, could not be found in the texts examined. Once again, it is through such omissions that the personal/ medical model of depression becomes dominant, legitimated by the wider social structures it leaves untheorized.