Rewriting the History of Madness: Studies in Foucault's Histoire de la Folie

Rewriting the History of Madness: Studies in Foucault's Histoire de la Folie

Rewriting the History of Madness: Studies in Foucault's Histoire de la Folie

Rewriting the History of Madness: Studies in Foucault's Histoire de la Folie

Synopsis

Michel Foucault has had an extraordinary impact on writers in the human sciences since his first book Madness and Civilization appeared in English. This title assesses the reactions to Madness and Civilization.

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Contributors

Peter Barham is a psychologist and at present Visiting Senior Lecturer in Mental Health at Goldsmiths’ College, University of London. His publications include Schizophrenia and Human Value (Blackwell 1986), From the Mental Patient to the Person (with Robert Hayward) (Routledge 1991) and Closing the Asylum (Penguin, in press).

Paul A. Bové is Professor of English and Cultural Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the editor of boundary z and the author of Intellectuals in Power (1986) as well as of the forthcoming books, The Wake of Theory (Wesleyan) and Mastering Discourse (Duke University Press).

Robert Castel is Professor of Sociology at the University of Paris. Two of his publications include studies on the sociology of psychiatric institutions, practices and techniques, and have been translated: The Psychiatric Society (Columbia University Press 1982) and The Regulation of Madness (Polity Press 1988). He is presently working on current developments in social policy and political practice.

Mark Erickson wrote the contribution to this volume while working in a workers’ co-operative in Durham. He has recently completed his MA thesis on postmodern social theory at Durham University.

Jan Goldstein is Professor of Modern European History at the University of Chicago and author of Console and Classify: The French Psychiatric Profession in the Nineteenth Century (Cambridge University Press 1987). She is currently working on a new book tentatively entitled ‘The Post-Revolutionary Self: Competing Psychologies in Nineteenth-Century France’.

Colin Gordon edited and co-translated Power/Knowledge (1980), a collection of Michel Foucault’s interviews and writings. He has published numerous articles in Britain and France on Foucault’s work and related topics. He was an editor of the journals Radical Philosophy and I & C, and translated Michele Le Doeuff’s The Philosophical Imaginary (Athlone Press 1989). He recently co-edited and contributed to The Foucault Effect:

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