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Destigmatising mental illness? – Professional politics and public education in Britain, 1870-1970 - Manchester Scholarship Online
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Destigmatising mental illness?: Professional politics and public education in Britain, 1870-1970

Vicky Long


Challenging the assumption that the stigma attached to mental illness stems from public ignorance and irresponsible media coverage, this book examines mental healthcare workers’ efforts to educate the public in Britain between 1870 and 1970. It covers a period which saw the polarisation of madness and sanity give way to a belief that mental health and illness formed a continuum, and in which segregative care within the asylum began to be displaced by the policy of community care. The book argues that the representations of mental illness conveyed by psychiatrists, nurses and social workers wer ... More

Keywords: Mental illness, Stigma, Discrimination, Media, Chronic patients, Asylum, Community care, Public education, Britain

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780719085819
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719085819.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Vicky Long, author