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Of Others Inside Insanity, Addiction And Belonging in America by Darin Weinberg
  

Of Others Inside Insanity, Addiction And Belonging in America

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Of Others Inside Insanity, Addiction And Belonging in America by Darin Weinberg

There is little doubt among scientists and the general public that homelessness, mental illness, and addiction are inter-related. In Of Others Inside, Darin Weinberg examines how these inter-relations have taken form in the United States. He links the establishment of these connections to the movement of mental health and addiction treatment from redemptive processes to punitive ones and back again, and explores the connection between social welfare, rehabilitation, and the criminal justice system. Seeking to offer a new sociological understanding of the relationship between social exclusion and mental disability, Of Others Inside considers the general social conditions of homelessness, poverty, and social marginality in the U.S. Weinberg also explores questions about American perceptions of these conditions, and examines in great detail the social reality of mental disability and drug addiction without reducing people's suffering to simple notions of biological fate or social disorder.

Reviews

Based on scrupulously careful historical analysis and penetrating ethnography, Weinberg liberates us from the idea that insanity and addiction are either human constructions or independent realities. He illuminates how they are equally social products and causal factors in shaping expected paths toward wellness. Although focused on the marginalized ill, this work provides a more general model for getting beyond radically objectivist or subjectivist explanations that stifle progress in the human sciences. This will be the book's most enduring contribution. -David A. Karp, author of Speaking of Sadness: Depression, Disconnection, and the Meanings of Illness and The Burden of Sympathy: How Families Cope with Mental Illness Well written and unique in its empirical scope, Of Others Inside is a groundbreaking analysis of the relationship between social exclusion and mental disorder in America.... [A] major contribution to debates about the relationship between community solidarity and mental health. -Jaber F. Gubrium, University of Missouri Of Others Inside is brilliant and fascinating. The author has done a commendable job charting a middle ground between the equally unsatisfying positions that mental illness and addictions are things-in-themselves or arbitrary social constructions. -Spencer Cahill, University of South Florida


About the Author

Darin Weinberg teaches in the Department of Sociology at Cambridge University and is a Fellow of King's College, Cambridge.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st October 2005

Author

Darin Weinberg

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Publisher

Temple University Press,U.S.

Format

Paperback
248 pages

Categories

Social groups
Psychology
Health systems & services

ISBN

9781592134045

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