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Disability Studies and the Language of Mental Illness

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Title:Disability Studies and the Language of Mental Illness
Authors:Aubrecht, Katie
Keywords:Disability Studies
Date Issued:2012
Publisher:University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies
Citation:Aubrecht, K. (2012). Disability Studies and the Language of Mental Illness. Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal, 8(2).
Series:vol. 8, no. 2
Abstract:Much has been written about the dangers of mental illness, both by psychiatry as an empirical reality and by anti-psychiatry as a cultural category (Szasz, 1960). This paper considers how the language of mental illness, and more specifically, the discipline of psychiatry, structures how we relate to our everyday lives. I examine how the language of mental illness, and the psychiatric practices which have made this language possible, have conditioned the development of a disability studies community, culture and identity. This examination will involve a critical analysis of writing in the field of disability studies which illustrates the complex interconnections and interdependencies between self-identifying as a disabled person and rediscovering the aspects of oneself that have been stolen or stamped out by the imposition of a language of mental illness. This paper also aims to uncover some of the implicit assumptions about the nature of the relationship between language, culture, identity, and community.
Appears in Collections: RDS Volume 8, No. 2

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