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Medical Concepts And Penal Policy Gerry Johnstone

Medical Concepts And Penal Policy

Gerry Johnstone

Published February 24th 1996
ISBN : 9781859410219
Paperback
199 pages
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In recent decades, critical social scientists have exposed the darker side of the medicalization of deviance and have criticized its effects. This book argues that, although these critics have raised important moral and prctical questions aboutMoreIn recent decades, critical social scientists have exposed the darker side of the medicalization of deviance and have criticized its effects. This book argues that, although these critics have raised important moral and prctical questions about psychiatric approaches to crime, they have not grasped the true nature of psychiatric thinking on offending. Most critics take as their target the hard, medical side of psychiatry. As this study shows, reformers and criminal justice professionals have shown far more interest in social-psychiatric approaches to offending. Hence a critical assessment of psychiatrization should focus on psychiatrys soft, social side. The argument is developed through detailed case-studies of the psychiatrization of habitual drunkard and psychopathic offenders. The concluding chapter explores the implications of these studies for our evaluation of psychiatric approaches to crime and punishment. This theoretically informed and empirically-researched book should be of value to those working in criminology, penology and socio-legal studies, as well as to sociologists, historians, and students of psychology and psychiatry.