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Talking Back to Psychiatry: Resistant Identities in the Psychiatric Consumer/Survivor/Ex-patient Movement

Morrison, Linda Joy (2003) Talking Back to Psychiatry: Resistant Identities in the Psychiatric Consumer/Survivor/Ex-patient Movement. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This research shows that activists in the consumer/survivor/ex-patient (c/s/x) movement develop a range of resistant identities in response to their encounters with psychiatry. Looking beyond the apparent distinction between "consumer" and "survivor," components of a unifying survivor narrative are seen to underlie their resistance to assuming a totalized "mental patient" identity. A shared sense of injustice and betrayal of trust motivates people to identify with movement goals and values, which emphasize talking back to the power of psychiatry, rights protection and advocacy, and self-determination. Activists share a collective identity yet enact their concerns along a continuum from conservative to radical, according to their position in relation to psychiatric treatment and their relative levels of resistance and patienthood.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Morrison, Linda
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairBlee, Kathleen Mkblee@pitt.eduKBLEE
Committee MemberMarx, John Hjmarx@pitt.eduJMARX
Committee MemberAlter, Joseph Sjsalter@pitt.eduJSALTER
Committee MemberGinsburg, Mark Bmbg@pitt.eduMBG
Date: 23 July 2003
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 3 March 2003
Approval Date: 23 July 2003
Submission Date: 25 April 2003
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Sociology
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: mental health advocacy; mental health consumer; social movements; anti-psychiatry; psychiatric survivor
Other ID:, etd-04252003-204757
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:42
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:42


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