Book Launch – Interrogating Psychiatric Narratives of Madness


Please join the editors and contributors of Interrogating Psychiatric Narratives of Madness: Documented Lives on Thursday, March 31, 2:00-3:30pm EST for our official book launch event.

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Note: This event will be held over Zoom. When you submit your registration, you will receive a confirmation email, and the link will be sent closer to the date.

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About the Book:

Interrogating Psychiatric Narratives of Madness: Documented Lives challenges the perception of the psychiatric chart as a neutral and objective text. The chapters included in this book coalesce to reveal the psychiatric chart as a text that is, in fact, “storied” by institutional ideology that reflects, reinforces, reinterprets, and, at times, resists gendered, raced, sexualized, and classed norms, values, and presuppositions. Intersectional analysis highlights the nuanced ways in which dominant ideologies are activated in chart documentation to produce qualitatively specific psychiatric narratives of distress and related responses in the psychiatric institution. The book serves as a much-needed resource for mental health professionals, education and training programs, and researchers that meaningfully takes into account the social and structural materiality of people’s lives and its impact on experiences of distress.

Contributors include Andrea Daley (Renison University College, University of Waterloo), Merrick Pilling (University of Windsor), Meg Gibson (Renison University College, University of Waterloo), Lori Ross (University of Toronto), Lucy Costa (Advocate and Activist), and Juveria Zaheer (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health).