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Lecture 3

Week 3 Representations of Madness in Society

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Disability Studies
DST 500
Erick Fabris

Week 3: Representations of Madness in Society  Don’t mistake word or name for association of person or thing  Language has bias  Go see some person with sadness, have no context why, must be madness  Madness something we don’t know about  Madness equated to violence general stereotype o Mood disorder, depression, bipolar, psychosis, schizoid, doesn’t think of other people, violent (obsession, OCD)  Also, CAMH example, people who are calling other people crazy, they are in denial, need to get help o No symptoms of illness, don’t know what mental illness is, look within, you might have it, your job, find out if you have it o Mystique about subject, lots of play room  Words depend on context for interpretation  Stories require context for interpretation  People who aren’t mad write the history of madness o Mad people themselves not given authority, people don’t believe they’re mad, mad people discredited  Mad people characteristics negative  You think that it’s unchanging quality, was always like that  The term becomes the identity for these people  History is stories  not just facts or dates  Stories are experiences  remember events in stories but make words actuality  Experiences are relationship  can’t have experience without time or connections o Stories dependent on the relationships  Knowledge (disciplines, frameworks, methodologies, parameters, terms) depends on stories, represent madness on narrative sequence  Carl Jung thought everyone was insane o A sane person was a robot Defining Madness  Irrational thought and behaviour sometimes disabling ‘dangerous’ or criminal and anonymous to group consensus or usual way  Stereotypical  You could be normal in our own way  Irrational  very subjective  Trauma not taken into account  Steve Biko, oppressor wants oppressed to think like them  Oppression of madness as irrational  Mentalism: oppression of mad people, devalued Madness Discourses  Madness discourses: modes of talk  Commonsense: what person is supposed to think o You don’t want to be crazy  From largest (most dominant to smallest) Medical o Mental disorders o Chemical imbalance (out of fashion) o Assumed physiological problem Disabled  Society’s problem with it Psychological  Relational, talk about the problem within  Look at individual Legal  Pleading insanity  Lack of capacity (incapacity)  (incompetent) So
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