Containing Madness

Gender and ‘Psy’ in Institutional Contexts

  • Jennifer M. Kilty
  • Erin Dej

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Jennifer M. Kilty, Erin Dej
    Pages 1-12
  3. Historical ‘Psy’ Discourses Revisited

  4. Containing Bodies

  5. The Asylum and Beyond

  6. Erin Dej, Jennifer M. Kilty
    Pages 267-280
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 281-286

About this book


This collection explores the discursive production and treatment of mental distress as it is mediated by gender and race in different institutional contexts. Featuring analyses of the prison, the psychiatric hospital, immigration detention, and other locales, this book explores the multiple interlocking oppressions that result in the diagnosis and medical, psychological, and psychiatric treatment of individuals constituted as ‘mentally ill’ at various historical moments and across institutional spaces. Contributors unpack how feminine, masculine, and transgender bodies are made up as mentally ill/sick/deviant by way of biomedical and institutional knowledges and discourses and are intervened upon by different institutional and expert authorities.


Critical Mental Health Critical Psychology Critical Psychiatry Women’s Studies Gender Studies Feminist Studies Mental Illness Crime Legal Studies Imprisonment Psy care in prison Healthcare in prison Criminalization Prison Punishment

Editors and affiliations

  • Jennifer M. Kilty
    • 1
  • Erin Dej
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of CriminologyUniversity of OttawaOttawa, ONCanada
  2. 2.Department of CriminologyWilfrid Laurier UniversityBrantford, ONCanada

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