By Thomas Szasz
Szasz records the intense volume to which sleek analysis of psychological affliction is topic to moving social attitudes and values. He exhibits how monetary, own, criminal, and political components have come to play an more and more strong function within the diagnostic strategy, with results of blurring the excellence among cultural and clinical criteria. Broadened definitions of psychological sickness have had a corrosive influence at the felony justice process in undercutting conventional conceptions of legal habit and feature inspired state-sanctioned coercive interventions that bestow precise privileges (and impose designated hardships) on folks clinically determined as mentally ill.
Lucidly written and powerfully argued, and now on hand in paperback, this provocative and demanding quantity may be of curiosity to psychologists, criminologists, and sociologists.
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