How would you distinguish a “crazy” person from a “normal” person?
Come up with 5 things that contribute to whether or not some someone is labeled/ seen as “crazy” or “normal”.
ETIOLOGY & CONTEXT
Etiology (Cause) of behaviors
behaviors’ origins/stimuli known? E.g., Talking on bench w/ no one present E.g., Screaming & running around
E.g., Wearing heavy coat in summer
Context of behaviors
behavior fits within context
What is mental illness?
perceivd impairmt in everyday life a
Necessary condition? – Yes
Sufficient condition? – No, also need…
- Espec likely if collusion betw
family & authorities (police, clergy, MDs, soc workers, teachers)
Demographics- Social class, race, etc.
Context & status, power of individual
-E.g., tyrannical boss
Family setting – E.g., abusive parent – tolerated until…? Visibility of behaviors
monitored by State agents (e.g., social workers)? Political/economic/ bureaucratic context
Reprisals against dissidents/ whistleblowers
Econ: Who profits from liberal definitn of mental illness?
LABELING BY SOCIAL
betw fam & offic’l
Inform author’s of child’s ment ill at young age
Why? Child differs from fam norms how?
betw fam & offic’l norms/labels
Fam reluctant/ not likely to label
Diff betw kid’s behav & family norms?
Soc construct of special ed labeldepends on?
Political economy of “special ed” label
Local school districts? Get what from whom?
Principals? Special ed studs exempt from?
Teachers? Send strugg/ disrupt studs where?
Beast needs to be fed w/what?
Inconsistencies in “retarded” v. “learn disable” No
clear definitional rules
Pseudopatients labeled “schizophrenic”
Diff interps of patients/non-patients due…