The Anti-Psychiatry Bibliography and Resource Guide

Publisher:  Press Gang Publishers, Vancouver, Canada
Year Published:  1979
Pages:  160pp   Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX1098

This book began as a small summer project in 1973, an attempt to compile an anti-psychiatry bibliography for the Vancouver Mental Patients Association's office research files. The present copy is an expanded and revised edition.

The NOTE ON THE SECOND EDITION states that the book is organized "to make a more cohesive political statement reflecting the perspective of the mental patients liberation and other related movements, especially feminism and anti-capitalism/imperialism." It is meant to be "a useful handbook for exploring the failings of the present mental health system, how to change and/or abolish it, and what alternatives there are to this system."

K. Portland Frank, author, lesbian/feminist, artist, and former mental patient, spent three years researching and compiling the text. Included are over one thousand annotations of books, periodicals and audio-visual materials relating to anti-psychiatry, introductory essays outlining major trends within the movement, and a resource directory for North America and Europe.

The works of R. D. Laing, Thomas S. Szasa, Berkeley Radical Psychiatry, Phyllis Chesler, and the Mental Patients' Liberation Movement are examined. The eleven chapters include Psychiatry and the Law, Mind Control Technology, Psychiatry and Women, and Psychiatry and Other Oppressed Groups.

Press Gang Publishers is a feminist printing and publishing collective established in the Spring of 1974.

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