Drawing on a broad range of approaches in the fields of sociology, anthropology, political science, history, philosophy, medicine and nursing, Power and the Psychiatric Apparatus exposes psychiatric practices that are mobilized along the continuum of repression, transformation and assistance. It critically examines taken for granted psychiatric practices both past and current, shedding light on the often political nature of psychiatry and reconceptualizing its central and sensitive issues through the radical theory of figures such as Foucault, Deleuze and Guattari, Goffman, and Szasz. As such, this ground-breaking collection embraces a broad understanding of psychiatric practices and engages the reader in a critical understanding of their effects, challenging the discipline’s altruistic rhetoric of therapy and problematizing the ways in which this is operationalized in practice. A comprehensive exploration of contested psychiatric practices in healthcare settings, this interdisciplinary volume brings together recent scholarship from the US, Canada, the UK, Europe and Australia, to provide a rich array of theoretical tools with which to engage with questions related to psychiatric power, discipline and control, while theorizing their workings in creative and imaginative ways.

chapter |22 pages


Unmasking the Psychiatric Apparatus
ByJean Daniel Jacob, Amélie Perron, Dave Holmes

part |123 pages


chapter |9 pages

Varieties of Psychiatric Criticism 1

ByThomas Szasz

chapter |25 pages

Containment Practices in Psychiatric Care

ByEimear Muir-Cochrane, Adam Gerace

chapter |11 pages

Delinquent Life: Forensic Psychiatry and Neoliberal Biopolitics

ByStuart J. Murray, Sarah Burgess

part |86 pages


chapter |15 pages

Structural Othering: Towards an Understanding of Place in the Construction of Disruptive Subjectivities

ByJean Daniel Jacob, Amélie Perron, Pascale Corneau

chapter |16 pages

Mainstreaming the Mentally Ill

ByJem Masters, Trudy Rudge, Sandra West

chapter |16 pages

Psy Policing: The Borderlands of Psychiatry and Security

ByRachel Jane Liebert