The problem of how mental health is represented is now a global issue with a number of agencies expressing concern about it. With mental health conditions rising, it is essential that more is known more about mental health, thus raising the question of how understanding of mental health can be improved. This book offers a detailed critical analysis of the representation of mental health conditions across a range of fictional and factual genres in film, television and radio, thus presenting an understanding of the ways in which media forms construct a mental health space, portray the related realities and identities, organize meaning about mental health through language, and addresses audiences in respect of a range of mental health issues.In the light of this analysis, Mis-Mediating Mental Health examines the impact of stigma upon people who experience mental distress and social exclusion; before discussing of the findings of several UK-based studies investigating the attitudes of people with experience of a mental health conditions towards such representations. With an understanding of the cultural knowledge that exists with respect to mental health and an examination of the ways in which people with experience of mental health conditions, can help to develop new transformed images about mental health, this book offers useful practical recommendations for developing media practice.As such, it will appeal to sociologists, mental health experts, and anyone interested in the representation of social groups in the media.
'Mike Birch has accomplished one of the most qualitatively rigorous studies of media representations of mental health that has ever been attempted. It embraces the perspectives of all major stake-holders, and yields profound and practical insights into mediated constructions of stigma.' Oliver Boyd-Barrett, Bowling Green State University, USA 'Michael Birch's compelling work questions the mental health of a society, rather than that of those it defines as unhealthy. He demonstrates that modes of representation of mental health in Britain in particular, offer insights into the conventions underlying cultural practices and institutions. Drawing upon examples of ethnographic experiments derived from applied television and theatre practices, Birch shows masterfully that it is within representations as locations of power that "disability" is imagined, enforced, and contested.' Awam Amkpa, New York University, USA and author of Theatre and Postcolonial Desires 'Mike Birch offers an extensive, academically robust and thought provoking analysis of mental health mediation. Historically and contextually situated, it is an excellent critical inquiry into the nature of these powerful and often negative discursive practices. The text would be a valuable resource to many readers, particularly for those interested in mental health, media studies, discourse analysis and policy development.' James Trueman, Anglia Ruskin University, UK '... offer[s] some provocative thinking and creative research on the effects of media messages on individual identities and public understanding... it rewards persistence and an open mind with alternative ways of thinking, conducting research, and listening to the people most directly affected by media images... Birch literally puts the groups with mental health conditions on center stage, enabling them to re-examine the media samples and act out their own alternatives and commentaries. Their clever and often comedic dramatizations are laden with useful cues for telling truth and reducing stigma across media genres... Mediating Mental Health makes important ethical arguments... a useful resource for a graduate seminar on diversity, disability, or critical studies or even for further stigma research... Birch and his research participants have important things to say to media professionals and students who are trying to cover mental health issues ethically and effectively.' Journal of Mass Media Ethics
Foreword, John Corner and Victor Merriman; Preface; A note about language and mental health; Introduction - mediating mental health: contexts, analysis and debate; Mediating mental health; Critical contexts; Historical contexts for popular meanings of madness. The Project: Genre studiy 1: film; Genre study 2: news and documentary; Genre study 3: drama; The community project: reception/production study; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 302
Published: 28th December 2011
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6
Weight (kg): 0.6
Edition Type: New edition