Fathers, Fatherhood and Mental Illness: A Discourse Analysis of Rejection

Hardcover | November 12, 2013

byDariusz Galasinski

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Fathers, Fatherhood and Mental Illness provides the first book-length study examining fathers' experiences of mental illness. It argues that a discourse analytic focus upon the experience of mental illness offers important insights not only to social scientists but also to mental health scholars and practitioners. Using micro-analytic discourse analysis, it shows that mental illness introduces feelings of failure and rejection in fatherhood, stripping away its socially expected authority. This causes an added degree of suffering to mentally ill fathers, as the idea of what it means to be a 'good father' is undermined by mental illness, thus meaning that fathers with a mental illness must carefully manage their identities and relationships. The book finishes with a postulate of a stronger focus on the discursive form of how mentally ill people account for their experiences and thus on their suffering.

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Fathers, Fatherhood and Mental Illness provides the first book-length study examining fathers' experiences of mental illness. It argues that a discourse analytic focus upon the experience of mental illness offers important insights not only to social scientists but also to mental health scholars and practitioners. Using micro-analytic ...

Dariusz Galasinski (DSc, DSc, PhD, MA) is Professor of Discourse and Cultural Studies at the University of Wolverhampton, UK, and Visiting Professor at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Poland. His other books include Language of Deception, Cultural Studies and Discourse Analysis (co-author), Men and the Language of Em...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 11.09 × 5.68 × 0.52 inPublished:November 12, 2013Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230393012

ISBN - 13:9780230393011

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. I Did Too Little. Stories of Failed Fatherhood
3. Father's Love. On Normal Family
4. The Father in Hiding
5. The Father Communicating Illness
6. The Silent Father
7. Children and the Illness
8. The Rejected Father
9. Conclusions