Title Madness, Violence, and Power
Subtitle A Critical Collection
Author Andrea Daley, Lucy Costa, Peter Beresford
ISBN 9781442629974
List price USD 34.95
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 416
Book size 153 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher University of Toronto Press
Published in India by .
Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
Status New Arrival
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Madness, Violence, and Power sets new lines of inquiry for mad studies and critical disability studies. Engaging with complex understandings of violence with sophistication, this collection is unique in its contributions by survivors.”

Linda Steele, Faculty of Law, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

Madness, Violence, and Power is a robust and rigorous collection that provides an essential resource for readers wishing to identify the key literature on the topic of madness and violence. The book is greatly enhanced by the use of research-based chapters and narratives of lived experience.”

Kathleen Kendall, Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton


Madness, Violence, and Power: A Critical Collection disengages from the common forms of discussion about violence related to mental health service users and survivors which position those users or survivors as more likely to enact violence or become victims of violence. Instead, this book seeks to broaden understandings of violence manifest in the lives of mental health service users/survivors, ‘push’ current considerations to explore the impacts of systems and institutions that manage ‘abnormality’, and to create and foster space to explore the role of our own communities in justice and accountability dialogues.

This critical collection constitutes an integral contribution to critical scholarship on violence and mental illness by addressing a gap in the existing literature by broadening the “violence lens,” and inviting an interdisciplinary conversation that is not narrowly biomedical and neuro-scientific.


Foreword (Robert Whitaker)


Introduction (Andrea Daley, Lucy Costa, and Peter Beresford)

Part I: Dispatches on Violence

Chapter 1: The Risk of Violence (Anonymous Female)

Chapter 2: A Personal Account of Mental Distress in Motherhood (Anonymous)

Chapter 3: Patient Engagement and the Process of Self-Empowerment in Secure and Forensic Psychiatric Settings in the United Kingdom (Sarah Markham)

Chapter 4: The Opposite of Violence (Carlyn Zwarenstein)

Part II: Prevailing Problems

Chapter 5: Enacting Violence and Care: Neo-liberalism, Knowledge Claims, and Resistance (Christopher Van Veen, Katherine Teghtsoonian, and Marina Morrow)

Chapter 6: Slow Death through Evidence-Based Research (Jijian Voronka)

Chapter 7: Changing Directions or Staying the Course? Recovery, Gender, and Sexuality in Canada’s Mental Health Strategy (Merrick Pilling)

Chapter 8: Homage to Spencer: The Politics of “Treatment” and “Choice” in Neo-liberal Times (Meghann O’leary and Liat Ben-Moshe)

Chapter 9: Indigenizing the Narrative: A Conversation on Disability Assessments (Priya Raju and Nicole Penak)

Chapter 10: Madness, Violence, and Media (Brigit Mcwade)

Part III: Law as Violence

Chapter 11: Contemporary Forms of Legislative Imprisonment and Colonial Violence in Forensic Mental Health (Ameil J. Joseph)

Chapter 12: The (Un)Writing of Risk on My Mad Pregnant Body: A Mad Feminist Political Economy Analysis of Social Reproduction and Epistemic Violence under Neo-liberalism (Tobin Leblanc Haley)

Chapter 13: Uncovering Law’s Multiple Violences at the Inquest into the Death of Ashley Smith (C. Tess Sheldon, Karen R. Spector, and Mary Birdsell)

Chapter 14: Recounting Huronia: A Reflection on Legal Discourse and the Weight of Injustice (Jen Rinaldi and Kate Rossiter)

Chapter 15: Madding the Muslim Terrorist: Orientalist Psychology in Canada’s “War on Terror” (Azeezah Kanji)

Part IV: Geographies of Violence

Chapter 16: Coercive Practices in Mental Health Services: Stories of Recalcitrance, Resistance, and Legitimation (Mick Mckeown, Amy Scholes, Fiona Jones, and Will Aindow)

Chapter 17: Institutional Oppression and Violence as Self-Defence (Janet Lee-Evoy)

Chapter 18: “Gravity and Grace”: Acknowledging Restraint and Seclusion as a Violence (Kevin Reel)

Chapter 19: Mad, Bad, and Stuck in the Hole: Carceral Segregation as Slow Violence (Jennifer M. Kilty and Sandra Lehalle)

Chapter 20: Madness and Gentrification on Queen West: Violence and the Transformations of Parkdale and the Queen Street Site (Ben Losman)

Concluding Thoughts (Andrea Daley, Lucy Costa, and Peter Beresford)




About the Editors:

Andrea Daley is Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Renison University College (affiliated with University of Waterloo).

Lucy Costa is Deputy Executive Director of The Empowerment Council, an independent service user rights-based organization in Toronto, Canada.

Peter Beresford is a professor of citizen participation at the University of Essex, emeritus professor of social policy at Brunel University London, and co-chair of Shaping Our Lives, a UK organization and network of user-led groups, service users, and people with disabilities.

Target Audience:

Useful for psychologists and social workers. This book sets new lines of inquiry for mad studies and critical disability studies.

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