After four years of (almost) continuous work, I have finally completed my book:
Madness and the Demand for Recognition: A Philosophical Inquiry into Identity and Mental Health Activism.
Madness is a complex and contested term. Through time and across cultures it has acquired many formulations: for some, madness is synonymous with unreason and violence, for others with creativity and subversion, elsewhere it is associated with spirits and spirituality. Among the different formulations, there is one in particular that has taken hold so deeply and systematically that it has become the default view in many communities around the world: the idea that madness is a disorder of the mind.
Contemporary developments in mental health activism pose a radical challenge to psychiatric and societal…
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