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Sundered selves: mental illness and the interaction order in the work of Erving Goffman WILLIAM GRONFEIN

Mental illness and the interaction order in the work of Erving Goffman
WithWilliam Gronfein

Mental illness has two distinctive claims on the sociological imagination. First, responses to, and the treatment of, mental illness are among the most significant expressions of medically-based social control. Second, those signs and symptoms pathognomonic for mental illness are distinctively social in character, often constituting breaches of the norms which guide face-to-face interaction.