Gendering Mental Health: Knowledges, Identities, and Institutions

Hardcover | September 27, 2015

EditorBhargavi V. Davar, T. K. Sundari Ravindran

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Steeped in archaic and narrow colonial attitudes towards people of "unsound mind', the discourse on mental health in India, as also the public apparatus dealing with it, are rigid, exclusionary, and deeply gender insensitive. Interrogating the ways in which we understand and deal with mentalhealth disabilities, this volume unravels the voices of women trapped in the predominantly skewed discourse of mental ill-health as "madness", within the sciences, legal systems, policies, and the media. The collection of essays in this volume focus on the state of mental health of Indian women, with respect to social attitudes, cultural barriers, treatment, policies, safeguards, or lack thereof. The contributors ask fundamental questions: Is 'mental illness' a social, medical, legal, penal,historical, personal construct? Is mental disorder a disability? Do people living with a mental ailment have a "memory" or the "insight" to tell their own stories? In dealing with these questions, it seeks to provide a perspective on how women suffering from mental illness view themselves and theirsurroundings in India. Combining primary research and insights from gender studies and mental health specialists, the volume presents a fundamental critique of the institutional responses to women's mental health, and highlights the dire need to overhaul the Indian mental health system.

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Steeped in archaic and narrow colonial attitudes towards people of "unsound mind', the discourse on mental health in India, as also the public apparatus dealing with it, are rigid, exclusionary, and deeply gender insensitive. Interrogating the ways in which we understand and deal with mentalhealth disabilities, this volume unravels the...

Bhargavi V. Davar is Director of the Center for Advocacy in Mental Health, Pune. T.K. Sundari Ravindran is Honorary Professor at the Achutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies, Trivandrum, Kerala.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.89 inPublished:September 27, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceAcknowledgementsList of Abbreviations1. Bhargavi V. Davar: Delivering Justice, Withdrawing Care: The Norms and Etiquettes of 'Having' a Mental Illness2. Ranjita Biswas: (Un)making Madness: Delving into the Depths of Knowledge3. Vasudha Nagaraj: Adjudicating Illness and Capacity: Notes from a Custody Trial14. Jayasree Kalathil: Ideological Reproduction of Gender and Normality in Psychiatric Drug Advertisements15. Renu Addlakha: Mining Marginalities and Mainstreaming Differences: The Disability Paradigm in Perspective16. Ketki Ranade and Yogita Hastak: Growing Up and Sexual Identity Formation: Mental Health Concerns of Lesbian Women17. Shazneen Limjerwala: A Researcher's Tale18. Anubha Sood: Women's Rights, Human Rights, and the State: Reconfiguring Gender and Mental Health Concerns in India19. Bhargavi V. Davar: Identity Constructions for 'Mentally Disturbed' Women: Identities versus InstitutionsIndexNotes on Editors and Contributors