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Vol 21 No 9 Sept/Oct 2016

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Neither Bad Nor Mad

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Deidre N. GreigFellow, Department of Criminology, University of Melbourne, Australia

ISBN13: 9781843100065
ISBN: 1843100061
Published: March 2002
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Format: Paperback
Price: £34.99

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This text looks at what happened when the government of Victoria, Australia, enacted special legislation to detain one person with a severe antisocial personality disorder on the grounds of his presumed dangerousness, despite the fact that he did not fit within the ordinary criteria of mental illness or criminality. In doing so, it interfered with the law's protection of civil rights and also with professional distinctions between a certifiable mental illness and the broader concept of mental disorder. The ensuing legal process highlighted the ambiguous, contingent and negotiable nature of the boundary between badness and madness.;The issues raised by this case transcend a government's singular action, highlighting matters such as the duty of care in a forensic setting; diagnostic uncertainties; debates about treatment; the responsibility of politicians to protect the community; and the difficulties inherent in translating clinical concepts into an acceptable legal format. ""Neither Bad Nor Mad"" analyses the interaction between psychiatry and the law in an account of one case with extensive ramifications.

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Bad, mad and dangerous to know; ""A Macabre Dance to his Well-known Tune"" - the pathway of resistance; a flurry of activity - the political reaction to a dangerous person; bad or mad? The credibility of psychiatry; a malleable boundary and the bridging manoeuvres; the Supreme Court - David versus Goliath; the social audience and a master puppeteer - representations, images and the media; the prism of dangerousness.