Madness, Distress and the Politics of Disablement

Edited by Helen Spandler, Jill Anderson, and Bob Sapey

Madness, Distress and the Politics of Disablement

Edited by Helen Spandler, Jill Anderson, and Bob Sapey

Distributed for Bristol University Press

320 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2015
Paper $46.95 ISBN: 9781447314585 Published August 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $120.00 ISBN: 9781447314578 Published August 2015 For sale in North and South America only
This book explores the challenges of applying disability theory and policy, including the social model of disability, to madness and distress. It brings together leading scholars and activists from Europe, North America, Australia, and India, to explore the relationship between madness, distress, and disability. Whether mental health problems should be viewed as disabilities is a pressing concern, especially since the inclusion of psychosocial disability in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This book will appeal to policy makers, practitioners, activists, and academics.
About the authors

Foreword by Jenny Morris

Bob Sapey, Helen Spandler and Jill Anderson

Part One: Disjunctures between disability and madness
1. Unreasonable adjustments? Applying disability policy to madness and distress
Helen Spandler and Jill Anderson

2. What we talk about when we talk about disability: making sense of debates in the European user/survivor movement
Jasna Russo and Debra Shulkes

3. Inconvenient complications: on the heterogeneities of madness and their relationship to disability
Nev Jones and Timothy Kelly

4. Unsettling impairment: mental health and the social model of disability 
William J Penson

Part Two: Theorising distress and disablement
5. Towards a socially situated model of mental distress
Jerry Tew

6. The Capabilities Approach and the social model of mental health
Jan Wallcraft and Kim Hopper

7. Psycho-emotional disablism in the lives of people experiencing mental distress
Donna Reeve

Part Three: Applying social models of disability
8. Psycho-emotional disablism, complex trauma and women’s mental distress
Shelley Briggs and Fiona Cameron

9. Linking ‘race’, mental health and a social model of disability: what are the possibilities?
Frank Keating

10. Social models of disability and sexual distress
Meg John Barker and Alex Iantaffi

11. The social model of disability and suicide prevention
Helen Spandler interviews David Webb

Part Four: Universalising disability policy
12. Advancing the rights of users and survivors of psychiatry using the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
An interview with Tina Minkowitz

13. UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: out of the frying pan into the fire? Mental health service users and survivors aligning with the disability movement 
Anne Plumb

14. The global politics of disablement: assuming impairment and erasing complexity
China Mills

15. Disabilities, colonisation and globalisation: how the very possibility of a disability identity was compromised for the ‘insane’ in India 
Bhargavi V Davar

Part Five: Meeting places
16. Neurodiversity: bridging the gap between the Disabled People's Movement and the Mental Health System Survivors' Movement?
Steve Graby

17. Distress and disability: not you, not me, but us? 
Peter Beresford

18. 'It’s complicated': blending disability and mad studies in the corporatising university
Kathryn Church

19. Solidarity across difference: organising for democratic alliances
Mick McKeown and Helen Spandler

20. Beyond the horizon: the landscape of madness, distress and disability
Jill Anderson, Helen Spandler and Bob Sapey


Review Quotes
Disability and Society
“Significant and a must for undergraduates and postgraduates in the fields of sociology, social theory, and social policy.”
Critical Social Policy
“An enjoyable and thought-provoking introduction to the relationship between mental health problems and disability.”
LSE Review of Books
"A rewarding and frequently compelling read that does not shy away from grappling with the uncertainties surrounding its field of inquiry."
David Pilgrim, University of Liverpool, UK
“‘Distress,’ ‘disability,’ ‘impairment,’ ‘madness,’ ‘recovery’—all are stress tested for their meanings and their options for social activism rehearsed. This is an invaluable book for students of the perennially contested topic of mental health.”
Dan Goodley, University of Sheffield, UK
“This text brings together insights from critical disability studies, mad studies, and politicized analyses of mental health to develop a theoretical, empirical, and activist response to wider conditions of disablement. The authors clearly demonstrate the potency of theory and the centrality of activism and this book will be of interest to anyone interested in developing politics in a time of austerity.”
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