Sociology of Mental Health and Illness

Sociology of Mental Health and Illness

by Anne Rogers (Author), David Pilgrim (Author)


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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Format: Paperback
Pages: 238
Edition: 2nd Revised edition
Publisher: Open University Press
Published: 01 Jun 1999

ISBN 10: 0335203477
ISBN 13: 9780335203475

Media Reviews erudite, engaging and provocative history of sociological 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
Author Bio
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.