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Therapeutic Revolutions examines the evolving relationship between American medicine, psychiatry, and culture from World War II to the dawn of the 1970s. In this richly layered intellectual history, Martin Halliwell ranges from national politics, public reports, and healthcare debates to the ways in which film, literature, and the mass media provided cultural channels for shaping and challenging preconceptions about health and illness.

Beginning with a discussion of the profound impact of World War II and the Cold War on mental health, Halliwell moves from the influence of work, family, and growing up in the Eisenhower years to the critique of institutional practice and the search for alternative therapeutic communities during the 1960s. Blending a discussion of such influential postwar thinkers as Erich Fromm, William Menninger, Erving Goffman, Erik Erikson, and Herbert Marcuse with perceptive readings of a range of cultural text that illuminate mental health issues--among them Spellbound, Shock Corridor, Revolutionary Road, and I Never Promised You a Rose Garden--this compelling study argues that the postwar therapeutic revolutions closely interlink contrasting discourses of authority and liberation.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. p. 1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xv
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  1. Introduction. The Therapeutic Revolutions of Postward America
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. Part 1. Fragmentation 1945-1983
  2. p. 15
  1. 1. Going Home, World War II and Demobilization
  2. pp. 16-46
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  1. 2. In the Noir Mirror, Neurosis, Agression, and Disguise
  2. pp. 47-74
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  1. 3. Ground Zero, Science, Medicine, and the Cold War
  2. pp. 75-102
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  1. Part 2. Organization 1953-1961
  2. p. 103
  1. 4. Organization Men, Individualism vs Incorporation
  2. pp. 104-131
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  1. 5. In the Family Circle, The Suburban Medicine Cabinet
  2. pp. 132-162
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  1. 6. Outside the Circle, Growing pains, Deliquency, and Sexuality
  2. pp. 163-193
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  1. Part 3. Reorganization 1961-1970
  2. p. 194
  1. 7. Institutions of Care and Oppression, Another American Speaks
  2. pp. 195-226
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  1. 8. The Human Face of Therapy, Humanistic and Existential Trends
  2. pp. 227-255
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  1. 9. Counterculture, Dissent, Drugs, and Holistic Communities
  2. pp. 256-284
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  1. Conclusion. Beyond the Two Cultures?
  2. pp. 285-295
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 296-365
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813560663
Related ISBN
9780813560649
MARC Record
OCLC
842892417
Pages
400
Launched on MUSE
2013-10-21
Language
English
Open Access
No
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