The Madness of Women
Myth and Experience
By (author) Jane M. Ussher
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Madness of Women by Jane M. Ussher
Book DescriptionNominated for the 2012 Distinguished Publication Award of the Association for Women in Psychology! Why are women more likely to be positioned or diagnosed as mad than men? If madness is a social construction, a gendered label, as many feminist critics would argue, how can we understand and explain women's prolonged misery and distress? In turn, can we prevent or treat women's distress, in a non-pathologising women centred way? The Madness of Women addresses these questions through a rigorous exploration of the myths and realities of women's madness. Drawing on academic and clinical experience, including case studies and in-depth interviews, as well as on the now extensive critical literature in the field of mental health, Jane Ussher presents a critical multifactorial analysis of women's madness that both addresses the notion that madness is a myth, and yet acknowledges the reality and multiple causes of women's distress. Topics include: * The genealogy of women's madness - incarceration of difficult or deviant women * Regulation through treatment * Deconstrucing depression, PMS and borderline personality disorder * Madness as a reasonable response to objectification and sexual violence * Women's narratives of resistance This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of psychology, gender studies, sociology, women's studies, cultural studies, counselling and nursing.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415339285
(234mm x 156mm x 23mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 30-May-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Jane M. Ussher
Managing the Monstrous Feminine, Paperback (December 2005)
Takes an approach to the study of the material and discursive practices associated with the construction and regulation of the female body. This work examines the ways in which medicine, science, law, and culture combine to produce fictions about femininity, positioning the reproductive body as the source of women's power, danger and weakness.
Women's Health, Paperback (January 2000)
Covering the lifespan of women from puberty to old age, this title provides research and theory that challenges the conceptions of women's health. It illustrates the diversity of approaches in this field. It includes commentaries on topics such as: anorexia, nervosa, menstruation, sexual abuse, breast cancer, sexual violence, and, drug abuse.
Gender Issues in Clinical Psychology, Paperback (April 1992)» View all books by Jane M. Ussher
The contributors show how and why clinical psychology has traditionally ignored gender issues, exploring the effects on both clients and clinicians, and suggesting ways of incorporating gender issues in both theory and clinical practice
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Author Biography - Jane M. Ussher
Jane M. Ussher is Professor of Women's Health Psychology, and director of Gender Culture and Health Research at the University of Western Sydney, Australia. She is author of a number of books. Her current research focuses on women's sexual and reproductive health, with particular emphasis on premenstrual experiences, gendered issues in caring, and sexuality and fertility in the context of cancer.
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