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Description - R.D.Laing and the Paths of Anti-psychiatry by Zbigniew Kotowicz

In the 1960s and 1970s, the radical and visionary ideas of R.D. Laing and others associated with the anti-psychiatry movement challenged the psychiatric establishment, claiming that diagnosis was scientifically meaningless - that it was simply a way of labelling socially undesireable behaviour. These ideas revolutionized thinking about psychiatric practice and the meaning of madness. R.D. Laing's work, from "The Divided Self" to "Knots" , and his therapeutic community at Kingsley Hall, made him a household name. After little more than a decade he faded from prominence as quickly as he had attained it. This text provides a thorough re-examination of Laing's work from a contemporary perspective. Concentrating on his most productive decade, the author provides a reasoned critique of Laing's theoretical writings and investigates the influences on his thinking including phenomenology and existentialism in his earlier work, and American family interaction research and Sartre in his work on interpersonal communication. The book also considers the experimental Kingsley Hall therapeutic community in parallel with other anti-psychiatry experiments.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415116114
ISBN-10: 0415116112
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 138mm x 7mm)
Pages: 144
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 20-Mar-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Zbigniew Kotowicz

Zbigniew Kotowicz trained as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist with The Philadelphia Association and has worked as a community therapist and in private practice. He is now a freelance writer.

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