What Erving Goffman saw

In ‘Asylums’ (1961) sociologist Goffman brought fresh insight to our understanding of the performative, ‘dramaturgical’ dimension of mental illness, particularly in “total institutions” such as mental hospitals. Those of us who have experienced hospitalisation, or who are simply interested in the social underpinnings of mental disease (which, of course, does not rule out the importance of genetics and medication), will find much to profit from in this ground-beaking work. Here a link with a summary of the book.

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