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One of sociology''s most important missions is giving voice to those whose experiences are typically otherwise blunted, marginalized, or simply ignored. Featuring memorable, first-person accounts of mentally ill individuals, Voices from the Inside: Readings on the Experiences of Mental Illness
allows students to connect directly with real-life "experts" who know mental illness all too intimately.

This unique anthology addresses a variety of central topics surrounding mental illness, including suicide, hospitalization, the meanings of medication, the experiences of caregivers, and the stigma attached to mental illness. Each section of readings opens with a "sensitizing" introduction that
outlines key questions, specific matters for student consideration, and ways in which social scientists approach relevant substantive issues. The thought-provoking discussion questions following each set of readings are designed to foster vibrant class discussion.

Comprehensive enough to be used throughout a course--but brief enough to be combined with other supplementary materials or a full-scale textbook-- Voices from the Inside is ideal for upper-level undergraduate or graduate courses on the sociology of mental health and illness. It can also be used in
courses in medical sociology, social work and mental health, nursing and mental health, and abnormal psychology.

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"Karp and Sisson capture the subjective experience of mental illness and its social consequences in a way that is sociologically grounded and informative, yet they never allow the science of psychiatric nosology, deviance, medicalization, and anomie to overshadow the humanity captured in the
excerpted narratives. As impossible as it sounds, they allow the average well-adjusted, mentally stable person to experience vicariously mental illness from a perspective most of us will never truly understand."--Tony Brown, Vanderbilt University


"Sociology needs an approach that stands outside a psychological discourse about cause and cure. Books from the psychiatric or psychological disciplines tend to ignore or disparage patient accounts. . . . At last, a book that will not make you feel guilty for encroaching upon psychological
property."--Noel Barker, DePaul University


About the Author


David A. Karp is Professor of Sociology at Boston College. His books include Is It Me or My Meds? Living with Antidepressants (2006); The Burden of Sympathy: How Families Cope with Mental Illness (OUP, 2000); and Speaking of Sadness: Depression, Disconnection, and the Meanings of Illness (OUP,
1996), which received the Charles Horton Cooley Award from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction.

Gretchen E. Sisson is is an advanced doctoral student in the Boston College Sociology Department and an alumna of Amherst College.

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Dbinion
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Insight into the experience of living with mental illness
Reviewed in the United States on February 17, 2020
Loved this book. It takes a look at the experiences of people living with mental illness. The book views expierences from living with the illness itself, the experience of hospitalization, treatment, stigma, etc. I appreciated the follow-up questions at the end of each... See more
Loved this book. It takes a look at the experiences of people living with mental illness. The book views expierences from living with the illness itself, the experience of hospitalization, treatment, stigma, etc. I appreciated the follow-up questions at the end of each chapter that make you think more in depth about the subject of each chapter. I would highly recommend this book for anyone interested in the experiences of living with a mental health diagnosis.
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Spencer Puentes
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Very interesting read
Reviewed in the United States on October 10, 2017
Very interesting. Would recommend to anyone wanting to learn more about the lives of people who suffer from mental illness through anecdotal stories.
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Ashley
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Interesting read
Reviewed in the United States on December 18, 2016
I purchased this book for a class I''m taking and thought it was a wonderful insight into a variety of mental illnesses.
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Horrible condition
Reviewed in the United States on August 6, 2020
The book is in horrible condition. It has mold stains. I need this book for class. What do I do?
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Reviewed in the United States on October 9, 2017
A great read!!!
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Reviewed in the United States on January 16, 2015
Recommended for everyone who is interested in social psychology, clinical psychology, and psychotherapy.
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Jessica Knochel
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Interesting read
Reviewed in the United States on October 13, 2014
Interesting insights into the minds of people with varying degrees of mental stability. An interesting read, especially in comparison to some of the other grad school material.
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As advertised
Reviewed in Canada on October 16, 2019
As advertised. Interesting book.
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