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The British anti-psychiatrists : from institutional psychiatry to the counter-culture, 1960-1971

The British anti-psychiatrists : from institutional psychiatry to the counter-culture, 1960-1971 / Oisín Wall.
New York, NY : Routledge, 2018.
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xiv, 212 pages ; 24 cm.
"The British anti-psychiatric group, which formed around R.D. Laing, David Cooper, and Aaron Esterson in the 1960s, burned bright, but briefly, and has left a long legacy. This book follows their practical, social, and theoretical trajectory away from the structured world of institutional psychiatry and into the social chaos of the counter-culture. It explores the rapidly changing landscape of British psychiatry in the mid-twentieth century and the apparently structureless organisation of the part of the counter-culture that clustered around the anti-psychiatrists, including the informal power structures that it produced. The book also problematizes this trajectory, examining how the anti-psychiatrists distanced themselves from institutional psychiatry while building links with some of the most important people in post-war psychiatry and psychoanalysis. The anti-psychiatrists bridged the gap between psychiatry and the counter-culture, and briefly became legitimate voices in both. Wall argues that their synthesis of disparate discourses was one of their strengths, but also contributed to the group's collapse. The British Anti-Psychiatrists offers original historical expositions of the Villa 21 experiment and the Anti-University. Finally, it proposes a new reading of anti-psychiatric theory, displacing Laing from his central position and looking at their work as an unfolding conversation within a social network"--Provided by publisher.
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Online version: Wall, Oisín, author. British anti-psychiatrists New York : Routledge, 2018
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January 11, 2018
Routledge studies in cultural history ; 54.
Routledge studies in cultural history ; 54
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Introduction: "A vista of broken clocks"
"Psychiatry's third revolution" : the therapeutic community, community care, and deinstitutionalisation
The anti-hospital and the therapeutic community : two anti-psychiatric communities
"With co-operation we could all actually win" : three anti-psychiatric events
"Society is a concentration camp" : existential reality and liberation
"A depersonalized, dehumanized world" : the politics of the family.
Subjects (Medical)
Psychiatry - history.

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