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Social Control and Serious Mental Illness: Understanding and Challenging Current Ideologies

Political Authority, Social Control and Public Policy

ISBN: 978-1-78756-049-9, eISBN: 978-1-78756-048-2

ISSN: 2053-7697

Publication date: 4 July 2019

Abstract

The author presents three different ideologies for examination: the “otherness” of mental illness, stigma and social exclusion, and perspectives of dangerousness. These ideologies are hypothesized to limit the social capital and power of those with serious mental illness. Considering Antonio Gramsci’s definition of hegemony and “common sense,” this chapter urges a challenge to these hardened ideologies if those with serious mental illness are to have greater inclusion in US society.

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Gjesfjeld, C.D. (2019), "Social Control and Serious Mental Illness: Understanding and Challenging Current Ideologies", Rabe-Hemp, C.E. and Lind, N.S. (Ed.) Political Authority, Social Control and Public Policy (Public Policy and Governance, Vol. 31), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 141-153. https://doi.org/10.1108/S2053-769720190000031010

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Emerald Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2019, by Christopher Donald Gjesfjeld