Caroline Knowles Bedlam on the Streets

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Bedlam on the Streets

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What happens when the mad are let out of the asylum and there is nowhere for them to go?

This hard-hitting and controversial new book traces the terms on which the mad occupy the city's streets, homeless shelters, shopping centres and fast food outlets. This social geography of madness is situated within the broader parameters of systems of social welfare and globalization, arguing that the 'community mental health care' system is actually a system of neglect.

Bedlam on the Streets is a richly textured ethnography combining stark photographic images of people and places with an examination of city space and the voices of those that we label "mad".

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What happens when the mad are let out of the asylum and there is nowhere for them to go?

Bedlam on the Streets explores the interplay between madness, race/ethnicity and the city, and traces the terms on which the mad occupy the city's streets, homeless shelters, rooming houses, shopping malls and fast food joints. Caroline Knowles situates this social geography of madness within the broader parameters of systems of social welfare, globalization and race, arguing that the 'community mental health care' system is a system of neglect. A richly textured visual/spatial ethnography, this combines photographic images of people and places with an examination of city space and the voices of schizophrenics. These provide harrowing testimony of the terrifying descent into madness in their stories of daily life marked by vulnerability and dangerousness.

About the Author:

Caroline Knowles is a lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Southampton. Before coming to Southampton she was an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Concordia in Montreal. She is the author of Race, Discourse and Labourism (1992 Routledge), Family Boundaries: The Invention of Normality and Dangerousness (1996 Broadview Press) and joint `ditor of Resituating Identities: The Politics of Race, Eehnicity and Culture (1996 Broadview Press) as well as numerous articles on aspects of race, ethnicity and place.

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