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Asylum to Action : Paddington Day Hospital, Therapeutic Communities And Beyond (Paperback)

Author: Spandler, Helen

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Asylum to Action offers an alternative history of a libertarian therapeutic community at Paddington Day Hospital in West London in the 1970s. Helen Spandler recaptures the radical aspirations, as well as the conflicts, of the early therapeutic community movement, radical psychiatry and the patients' movement. The author's account of the formation of the Mental Patients' Union, the first politicised psychiatric survivors group in the UK, raises questions about the connections between the service user movement, therapeutic communities, critiques of psychiatry and psychoanalytic models of intervention. In particular, Spandler challenges Claire Baron's dominant account of the subject in her influential book Asylum to Anarchy. She points out that some of the key difficulties that beset Paddington Day Hospital persist in modern therapeutic community practice and, indeed, in mental health services in general.

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Publisher Jessica Kingsley Pub
Mfg Part# 9781843103486
SKU 202233100
Format Paperback
ISBN10 1843103486
Release Date 3/15/2006
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