Goffman on Mental Illness: Asylums and ‘‘The Insanity of Place’’ Revisited
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This case study is designed to demonstrate that sociological imagination can feed on personal experience, that research practice interpolates our biographical circumstances, and that a systematic inquiry into the interplay between our professional and everyday life offers a fruitful avenue for sociological analysis. The discussion focuses on Erving Goffman’s treatment of mental illness. The argument is made that the evolution of Goffman’s constructionist views on mental disorder had been influenced by his family situation and personal experience.
Asylums; Biocritical hermeneutics; Biography; Case studies; Erving Goffman; Goffman; Erving; Hermeneutics; Insanity of place; Mental illness; Sociology
Mental and Social Health | Psychiatric and Mental Health | Sociology
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Shalin, D. N.
Goffman on Mental Illness: Asylums and ‘‘The Insanity of Place’’ Revisited.
Symbolic Interaction, 37(1),