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Responding to Men in Crisis - Brian Taylor

Responding to Men in Crisis

Hardcover Published: 24th November 2005
ISBN: 9780415346504
Number Of Pages: 283

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Increasing rates of male suicide have been well documented, as have the problems of mental health provision for some minority male groups. However, the position of men in general within the psychiatric system is complex and has received little attention in the literature on masculinities or on mental health. "Responding to Men in Crisis "addresses this difficulty by proposing a critical politics of complexity.
Key features include:
- postmodern and feminist critiques of Enlightenment rationality
- biographical studies of Nietzsche, Foucault, Antonin Artaud and Daniel Schreber to highlight their interest in madness and its exclusion
- the exploration of the political uses of experience
- various perspectives on the key issues of risk, 'dangerousness' and suicide
- autobiographical fragments which locate the writer's speaking position and illustrate issues around masculinity, distress, and bereavement.
This book is based on new research looking at gendered assumptions about rationality and men's mental health. It offers the reader a theoretical exploration of a topically and politically sensitive issue and provides a valuable critique of postmodern theory and theorists. It is relevant to service user involvement and survivor movements and is essential reading for academics and students of sociology and allied disciplines.

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
My present momentp. 3
Approaching the politics of complexityp. 4
Disturbing normalitiesp. 24
Why postmodernism? Conceptualising the politics of complexityp. 26
The making of a 'soft man'p. 40
Four biographical sketchesp. 43
Genealogy and biography: how we become who we arep. 45
Changing men?p. 53
Behold in me the tyrant of Turin! Nietzsche, madness and postmodernismp. 55
The scream of life itself? Language and power in the life of Antonin Artaudp. 79
Deconstructing sovereignty: the post-revolutionary toolbox of Michel Foucaultp. 99
Like a marble guest: the nervous illness of Daniel Paul Schreberp. 120
Some contemporary debatesp. 131
Politics and experience: engaging with complex subjectivityp. 133
A moment of recognitionp. 159
Masculinities and risk: negotiating the politics of complexityp. 161
A complicated bereavement?p. 183
Reconstructing men's lives: power/knowledge, personal recovery and social transformationp. 185
Notesp. 210
Bibliographyp. 249
Indexp. 277
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ISBN: 9780415346504
ISBN-10: 0415346509
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 283
Published: 24th November 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.34 x 16.33  x 2.21
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 1