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Psykisk sjukdom: Illusioner och realiteter
Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
1973 (Swedish)Book (Other (popular scientific, debate etc.))
Abstract [en]

"Mental illness: Illusions and realities." The book is a barely revised version of a licentiate´s degree dissertation from 1969. Drawing on anthropology, sociology, philosophy and generally social science the author examines and discusses various attempts to find "universal" criteria of mental illness with its various diagnostic subcategories. It critisizes psychiatric assumptions of mental illness as some kind of "entity" or "thing" unaffected by society, culture or values. It demonstrates how many attempts to explain mental illness reductively in terms of genetics, biology, brain disorder etc. are in fact circular thus treating a conceptual/definitional correlation as if it were a result of empirical findings. The dimension of power, psychiatry and diagnosis as a possible means of discounting difference and "otherness" is pointed out and related to some current discussions in Sweden. Generally the book question the idea that mental illness with its various diagnostic subcategories somehow refer to "things" irrespective of culture, society, values, perspectives.

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Prisma Stockholm , 1973.
Keyword [en]
Sjukdomsbegrepp Kultur Samhälle
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-25820ISBN: 91-518-0686-XOAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-25820DiVA: diva2:53594
Available from: 2007-02-15 Created: 2007-02-15

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