Madness, Power and the Media

Class, Gender and Race in Popular Representations of Mental Distress

  • Stephen Harper

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Stephen Harper
    Pages 186-199
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 200-238

About this book


Questioning the psychiatric construction of mental distress as 'illness', and challenging existing studies of media stigmatization, Stephen Harper argues that today's media images of mental distress are often sympathetic, yet tend to reproduce the sexist, classist, racist and individualist ideologies of contemporary capitalism.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Stephen Harper
    • 1
  1. 1.University of PortsmouthUK

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