Reforms, Rights or Wrongs? A Foucauldian Exploration on New Mental Health Bill in UK

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/613206
Title:
Reforms, Rights or Wrongs? A Foucauldian Exploration on New Mental Health Bill in UK
Authors:
Bertram, Mark; Powell, Jason
Abstract:
This article deconstructs the hagiography surrounding British mental health policy and provides a critical analysis of the ‘New Labour’ Government reforms of the Mental Health Act 1983 grounded in Foucauldian insights. Smart (1985) suggests that a Foucauldian perspective deconstructs “common sense assumptions” that lie at the heart of policies formulated by the State. A cogent discussion grounded in Foucault’s work can illustrate how surveillance and discourses of power impact on the positioning of service users as objects of control, domination and subordination.
Affiliation:
Kent University; University of Chester
Citation:
Bertram, M. & Powell, J. L. (2005). Reforms, rights or wrongs? A Foucauldian exploration on new mental health bill in UK. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 25(12), 176-189.
Publisher:
Emerald
Journal:
International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
Publication Date:
10-Sep-2005
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/613206
DOI:
10.1108/01443330510791207
Additional Links:
http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1108/01443330510791207
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Appears in Collections:
Social and Political Science

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dc.contributor.authorBertram, Marken
dc.contributor.authorPowell, Jasonen
dc.date.accessioned2016-06-15T14:12:15Zen
dc.date.available2016-06-15T14:12:15Zen
dc.date.issued2005-09-10en
dc.identifier.citationBertram, M. & Powell, J. L. (2005). Reforms, rights or wrongs? A Foucauldian exploration on new mental health bill in UK. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 25(12), 176-189.en
dc.identifier.doi10.1108/01443330510791207en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/613206en
dc.description.abstractThis article deconstructs the hagiography surrounding British mental health policy and provides a critical analysis of the ‘New Labour’ Government reforms of the Mental Health Act 1983 grounded in Foucauldian insights. Smart (1985) suggests that a Foucauldian perspective deconstructs “common sense assumptions” that lie at the heart of policies formulated by the State. A cogent discussion grounded in Foucault’s work can illustrate how surveillance and discourses of power impact on the positioning of service users as objects of control, domination and subordination.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherEmeralden
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1108/01443330510791207en
dc.subjectMental healthen
dc.subjectpublic healthen
dc.titleReforms, Rights or Wrongs? A Foucauldian Exploration on New Mental Health Bill in UKen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentKent University; University of Chesteren
dc.identifier.journalInternational Journal of Sociology and Social Policyen
dc.date.accepted2005-03-20en
or.grant.openaccessYesen
rioxxterms.funderunfundeden
rioxxterms.identifier.projectunfundeden
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