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Moral Panics, Mental Illness Stigma, and the Deinstitutionalization Movement in American Popular Culture

Authors: Cooke, Anthony Carlton

  • Puts forth a new theory of the "panic figure" in American fiction, drama, television
  • Uses cultural and critical analysis to illustrate the link between mental healthcare discourse and popular representation
  • Offers perspectives on representation of mental illness stigma from the turn of the twentieth century to the end of the twentieth century
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About this book

This book argues that cultural fascination with the “madperson” stems from the contemporaneous increase of chronically mentally ill persons in public life due to deinstitutionalization—the mental health reform movement leading to the closure of many asylums in favor of outpatient care. Anthony Carlton Cooke explores the reciprocal spheres of influence between deinstitutionalization, representations of the “murderous, mentally ill individual” in the horror, crime, and thriller genres, and the growth of public associations of violent crime with mental illness.

About the authors

Anthony Carlton Cooke is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Writing and Linguistics at Georgia Southern University, USA. His work has been published in journals such as Journal of Black Studies and Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society. In addition to his academic work, Anthony has published poetry and fiction in the African American Review and the Arkansas Review.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Introduction: Popular Panics

    Cooke, Anthony Carlton

    Pages 1-10

  • From the “Feebleminded Offender” to the “Sexual Psychopath”

    Cooke, Anthony Carlton

    Pages 11-51

  • Deinstitutionalization and the Rise of the “Slasher”

    Cooke, Anthony Carlton

    Pages 53-99

  • The Forensic Detective as Panic Figure

    Cooke, Anthony Carlton

    Pages 101-138

  • The Panic Figure and the Psychopath: A Psychical Correspondence

    Cooke, Anthony Carlton

    Pages 139-164

Buy this book

eBook $84.99
price for Brazil (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-47979-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.99
price for Brazil
  • ISBN 978-3-319-47978-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Moral Panics, Mental Illness Stigma, and the Deinstitutionalization Movement in American Popular Culture
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-47979-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-47979-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-47978-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 191
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