Reforms, Rights or Wrongs? A Foucauldian Exploration on New Mental Health Bill in UK
AffiliationKent University; University of Chester
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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.
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.