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Examining Mental Health through Social Constructionism

The Language of Mental Health

  • Michelle O'Reilly
  • Jessica Nina Lester

Part of the The Language of Mental Health book series (TLMH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Michelle O’Reilly, Jessica Nina Lester
    Pages 1-29
  3. Michelle O’Reilly, Jessica Nina Lester
    Pages 31-51
  4. Michelle O’Reilly, Jessica Nina Lester
    Pages 53-73
  5. Michelle O’Reilly, Jessica Nina Lester
    Pages 75-105
  6. Michelle O’Reilly, Jessica Nina Lester
    Pages 107-136
  7. Michelle O’Reilly, Jessica Nina Lester
    Pages 137-167
  8. Michelle O’Reilly, Jessica Nina Lester
    Pages 169-197
  9. Michelle O’Reilly, Jessica Nina Lester
    Pages 199-227
  10. Michelle O’Reilly, Jessica Nina Lester
    Pages 229-259
  11. Michelle O’Reilly, Jessica Nina Lester
    Pages 261-298
  12. Michelle O’Reilly, Jessica Nina Lester
    Pages 299-314
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 315-366

About this book

Introduction

This book explores social constructionism and the language of mental distress. Mental health research has traditionally been dominated by genetic and biomedical explanations that provide only partial explanations. However, process research that utilises qualitative methods has grown in popularity. Situated within this new strand of research, the authors examine and critically assess some of the different contributions that social constructionism has made to the study of mental distress and to how those diagnosed are conceptualized and labeled. This will be an invaluable introduction and source of practical strategies for academics, researchers and students as well as clinical practitioners, mental health professionals, and others working with mental health such as educationalists and social workers.


Keywords

mental illness social constructivism post-structuralism anti-psychiatry critical psychiatry discourse analysis discursive psychology sociolinguistics conversation analysis language-based methodologies

Authors and affiliations

  • Michelle O'Reilly
    • 1
  • Jessica Nina Lester
    • 2
  1. 1.University of LeicesterLeicesterUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Indiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA

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