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Women Madness and the Law: A Feminist Reader

Edited by: Wendy Chan, Dorothy F. Chunn, Robert Menzies

ISBN13: 9781904385097
ISBN: 1904385095
Published: February 2005
Publisher: Glasshouse Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
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This book brings together, for the first time in an edited collection, three important areas of research - women, madness and the law. It attempts to advance the debates about how law and the 'psy' sciences play a critical role in regulating and controlling the lives of women.

The themes chosen for this collection reflect our desire to highlight and explain how the processes and practices of legal and psychiatric institutions shape our understanding of women's madness.

This book offers an integrated, critical understanding of the issues by gathering together a panel of international feminist scholars working across a range of disciplines.

Subjects:
Criminology, Jurisprudence
Contents:
'Editors' Introduction'; Wendy Chan, Dorothy E. Chunn and Robert Menzies; Simon Fraser University, Canada
Chapter 1; Unravelling women's madness: Beyond positivism and constructivism and towards a material-discursive-intrapsychic approach; Jane M. Ussher, University of Western Sydney, Australia
Chapter 2; Beyond reason: Social constructions of mentally disordered female offenders; Kathleen Kendall, University of Southampton, England
Chapter 3; The boundaries of femininity: Madness and gender in New Zealand, 1870-1910; Bronwyn Labrum, University of Waikato, New Zealand
Chapter 4; Charlotte's web: Historical regulation of 'insane' women murderers; Robert Menzies and Dorothy E. Chunn, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Chapter 5; Women's misery: Continuing pigeonholes into the twenty-first century; Hannah Lerman, Psychologist and Author, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Chapter 6; Sex bias in psychiatric diagnosis and the courts; Paula Caplan, Brown University, United States
Chapter 7; Homelessness, mental disorder, and penal intervention: Women referred to a mobile crisis intervention team; Daphn Morin, Shirley Roy and Marielle Rozier, Universit du Qubec Montral, and Pierre Landreville, Universit de Montral, Canada
Chapter 8; Gender, murder and madness; Wendy Chan, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Chapter 9; Reclaiming women's agency: Exposing the mental health effects of 'post-abortion syndrome'; Eileen Fegan, Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland
Chapter 10; Defending battered women on charges of homicide: The structural and systemic versus the personal and particular; Julie Stubbs, University of Sydney, Australia and Julia Tolmie, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Chapter 11; At the centre of the new professional gaze: Women, medicine and confinement; Joe Sim, Liverpool John Moores University, England
Chapter 12; The treatment of women secure hospital patients; Ann Lloyd, Journalist and Author, Richmond, Surrey, England
Chapter 13; Feminist antipsychiatry praxis - Women and the movement(s): A Canadian perspective; Bonnie Burstow, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Canada