Moral Panics, Mental Illness Stigma, and the Deinstitutionalization Movement in American Popular Culture

  • Anthony Carlton Cooke

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
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  3. Anthony Carlton Cooke
    Pages 101-138
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 165-191

About this book


This book argues that cultural fascination with the “madperson” stems from the contemporaneous increase of chronically mentally ill persons in public life due to deinstitutionalization—the mental health reform movement leading to the closure of many asylums in favor of outpatient care. Anthony Carlton Cooke explores the reciprocal spheres of influence between deinstitutionalization, representations of the “murderous, mentally ill individual” in the horror, crime, and thriller genres, and the growth of public associations of violent crime with mental illness.


Mental Health in American Culture Deinstitutionalization Panic Figure Madperson Mindhunter

Authors and affiliations

  • Anthony Carlton Cooke
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Writing and LinguisticsGeorgia Southern UniversityStatesboroUSA

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