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By Linda J. Morrison

Linda Morrison brings the voices and problems with a little-known, complicated social move to the eye of sociologists, psychological future health pros, and most people. The contributors of this social move paintings to realize voice for his or her personal event, to elevate cognizance of injustice and inequality, to show the darker part of psychiatry, and to advertise possible choices for individuals in emotional misery. Talking again to Psychiatry explores the movement's heritage, its advanced club, its thoughts and targets, and the numerous reaction it has obtained from psychiatry, coverage makers, and the general public at huge.

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Haraway makes this statement about point of view: “Technoscience should not be narrated or engaged only from the points of view of those called scientists and engineers. Technoscience is heterogeneous cultural practice that enlists its members in all of the ordinary and astonishing ways that anthropologists are now accustomed to describing in other domains of collective life” (Haraway 1997:50). In a parallel statement, we could say that psychiatry, as a practice of technoscience, should not be narrated or engaged only from the points of view of those called psychiatrists.

Rebels or revolutionaries are labeled bandits, criminals, hooligans in a way that attempts to divert attention from their political claims . . Foucault has shown with great force how, with the rise of the modern state, this process is increasingly medicalized and made impersonal. Terms like deviance, delinquency, and mental illness appear to remove much of the personal stigma from the labels but they can succeed, simultaneously, in marginalizing resistance in the name of science (Scott 1990:55).

I was transformed in consciousness and being (hooks, 1989:15). Reading hooks, I recognized in the c/s/x movement this same process of finding voice, speaking truth against power, finding that “speaking center,” claiming authority to speak rather than be spoken for (or spoken about) without representation of your point of view. ’” There were strong parallels between what I saw in the movement and hooks’ words. To speak against psychiatry and challenge its power from a lower position is a radical act.

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