What is the BizOMadness Blog?

This blog is devoted to raising critical awareness of psychiatry generally. It is likewise devoted to the antipsychiatry research projects, publications, and related activities of Dr. Bonnie Burstow. Especially foregrounded are The Psychiatry Project, The Madness Project, and "Psychiatry and the Business of Madness". Related to one another, The Psychiatry Project and The Madness Project involve hundreds of interviews, a dozen focus groups, analysis of several hundred documents and their activation, and dedicated periods of institutional observation. The culmination of both as well as of decades of related interviews and activities is "Psychiatry and the Business of Madness" (timely updates on its publication will be provided)--a cutting edge book in which psychiatry is investigated from multiple angles and which begins to tackle the inevitable question: So if we get rid of psychiatry, where do we go from there?

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To check out reviews of Psychiatry and the Business of Madness and related publications, see http://bizomadnessreviews.blogspot.ca/

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Breaking News: Release of Anthology Psychiatry Disrupted

Breaking News:  I have just received my editor’s/author’s copy of Psychiatry Disrupted (one of the two dates used as official release dates). Accordingly, it is my pleasure to announce the much anticipated release of the international anthology Psychiatry Disrupted: Theorizing Resistance and Crafting the (R)evolution. (Eds. Bonnie Burstow, Brenda LeFrançois, and Shaindl Diamond).  McGill/Queen’s University Press. Preface by Kate Millet, Forward by Paula Caplan.

A wonderful new addition to the fields of antipsychiatry, critical psychiatry, and mad studies. Perspectives include antipsychiatry, critical disability, anti-colonialism, feminism, queer and trans theory, anti-racism, mad theory, Marxism, and anarchism.  While previous studies have critiqued psychiatry, Psychiatry Disrupted goes beyond theorizing what is wrong with psychiatry to concretely theorizing how we might stop it.
Scholars, activists, psychiatric survivors, and artists from across Canada, the U.K., and the U.S. have come together to make this unique book possible. Contributors include Simon Adam (University of Toronto), Rosemary Barnes (University of Toronto), Peter Beresford (Brunel University), Bonnie Burstow (University of Toronto), Chris Chapman (York University), Mark Cresswell (Durham University), Shaindl Diamond (York University), Chava Finkler (Memorial University), Ambrose Kirby (therapist in private practice), Brenda A. LeFrançois (Memorial University of Newfoundland), Mick McKeown (University of Central Lancashire), Robert Menzies (Simon Fraser University), China Mills (Oxford University), Tina Minkowitz (World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry), Ian Parker (University of Leicester), Susan Schellenberg (artist), Helen Spandler (University of Central Lancashire), and AJ Withers (York University).
This is a timely and courageous book that asks compelling questions that no other book in the field touches.
Stay tuned for news about the book launch, to be happening in Toronto on Friday September 12.