Mental Health, Social Mirror

  • William R. Avison
  • Jane D. McLeod
  • Bernice A. Pescosolido

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXI
  2. Reflections Through The Sociological Looking Glass

  3. Sociological Theory And Mental Health

  4. The Social Origins Of Mental Health And Mental Illness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. Teresa Evans-Campbell, Karen D. Lincoln, David T. Takeuchi
      Pages 169-189
    3. Susan Gore, Robert H. Aseltine Jr, Elizabeth A. Schilling
      Pages 219-237
    4. Jane D. McLeod, Kathryn J. Lively
      Pages 275-303
  5. Social Responses To Mental Illness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 305-305
    2. Bernice A. Pescosolido, Jack K. Martin
      Pages 307-328
    3. Stephanie W. Hartwell, Paul R. Benson
      Pages 329-353
    4. Donna D. McAlpine, Carol A. Boyer
      Pages 355-378
    5. Teresa L. Scheid, Greg Greenberg
      Pages 379-406
  6. Mental Health, Social Mirror: Looking Forward, Reflecting Back

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 445-471

About this book


While mental health figured prominently in the writings of classical sociologists, contemporary sociologists often view research on mental health as peripheral to the "real work" of the discipline. The essays in this volume reassert the centrality of research in mental health to sociology. First, they articulate the contributions that mental health research has made and can make to resolving key theoretical and empirical debates in important areas of sociological study. Second, they draw from mainstream theories and concepts to reconsider the potential of sociology to provide answers to critical questions regarding the social origins of and social responses to mental illness. As reflected in the title, the sociological study of mental health provides a reflection of the central processes that characterize our society.


Mental Illness Nation Sociology emotion empirical psychiatry social psychology

Editors and affiliations

  • William R. Avison
    • 1
  • Jane D. McLeod
    • 2
  • Bernice A. Pescosolido
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of SociologyThe University of Western OntarioLondonCanada
  2. 2.Department of SociologyIndiana UniversityBloomington
  3. 3.Department of SociologyIndiana UniversityBloomington

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