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Madness, distress and the politics of disablement

Helen Spandler, Helen Spandler, Jill Anderson, and Bob Sapey


Whether mental health problems should be viewed as disabilities is a pressing concern, especially since the inclusion of psychosocial disability in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This book explores the challenges of applying disability theory and policy, including the social model of disability, to madness, mental illness and distress. It brings together leading scholars and activists from Europe, North America, Australia and India, to explore the relationship between madness, distress and disability and enhance our collective understanding of the issues.

Keywords: disability, disability studies, distress, madness, mental health, mental illness, psychosocial disability

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781447314578
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447314578.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Helen Spandler, editor
University of Central Lancashire, UK

Helen Spandler, editor
Lancaster University, UK

Jill Anderson, editor

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Bob Sapey, Helen Spandler and Jill Anderson

Part One Disjunctures between disability and madness

Part Two Theorising distress and disablement

Part Three Applying social models of disability

Ten Social models of disability and sexual distress

Meg John Barker and Alex Iantaffi

Part Four Universalising disability policy

Part Five Meeting places

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