Pastoral Power Beyond Psychology's Marginalization Hardback

Resisting the Discourses of the Psy-Complex

by Philip Browning Helsel;

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Pastoral Power Beyond Psychology's Marginalization

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In times of massive economic inequity, why do so many Americans consider themselves mentally ill? Exploring the psychological effects of debt, foreclosure, and unemployment, this book shows how our mental health categories are poorly equipped to explain the stresses of the current economy. Philip Browning Helsel provides concrete advice to ministers and counselors wishing to help those struggling with the stress of being in a member of the modern working class. 'Pastoral power' is the ability to help people define and resist the suffering that results from an unjust economic system. Helsel argues that psychological labels can reduce people to 'problem-identities' and make them feel internally responsible for their emotional problems. Drawing from the counter-conducts of pastoral power described by Michel Foucault, and highlighting the testimonies of the consumer/survivor/ex-patient movement, this book helps communities resist social class oppression while questioning the oversimplification of mental health pathology.

Pastoral Power Beyond Psychology's Marginalization by Philip Browning Helsel was published by Palgrave Macmillan in October 2015. The ISBN for Pastoral Power Beyond Psychology's Marginalization is 9781137497826.

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Details for Pastoral Power Beyond Psychology's Marginalization

Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan (October 2015)
Edition2015 ed.
Number of Pages288
Thickness16 mm
Height210 mm
Width140 mm
Product Code4332989
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