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Neither Bad Nor Mad: The Competing Discourses of Psychiatry, Law and Politics
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Neither Bad Nor Mad: The Competing Discourses of Psychiatry, Law and Politics (Paperback)

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This book looks at what happened when the government of Victoria, Australia, enacted special legislation to detain one person with a severe antisocial personality disorder on the grounds of his presumed dangerousness, despite the fact that he did not fit within the ordinary criteria of mental illness or criminality. In doing so, it interfered with the law's protection of civil rights and also with professional distinctions between a certifiable mental illness and the broader concept of mental disorder. The ensuing legal processes highlighted the ambiguous, contingent and negotiable nature of the boundary between badness and madness.



The issues raised by this case transcend a government's singular action, highlighting matters such as the duty of care in a forensic setting; diagnostic uncertainties; debates about treatment; the responsibility of politicians to protect the community; and the difficulties inherent in translating clinical concepts into an acceptable legal format. Neither Bad Nor Mad analyses the interaction between psychiatry and the law in an absorbing account of one case with extensive ramifications.

History & PoliticsPolitics & governmentRegional governmentLawLaws of Specific jurisdictionsConstitutional & administrative lawLawLaws of Specific jurisdictionsCriminal law & procedureLawLaws of Specific jurisdictionsSocial lawMedical & VeterinaryBrances of medicinePsychiatry Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers Publication Date: 15/03/2002 ISBN-13: 9781843100065  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Deidre N. Greig is a Fellow in the Department of Criminology, University of Melbourne, and has a background in social work with a PhD in History and Philosophy of Science. Her teaching and research have focused particularly on issues surrounding the interaction of psychiatry and law, and she is a committee member and former president of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law. Areas of special interest include the use of indefinite sentencing, the role of the psychiatric and legal professions, police interactions with the mentally ill, and the impact of private prisons.

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