Findings and Conclusions. Our contemporary understanding of homelessness has been shaped in a significant way by the re-formation of a medical-scientific discourse of madness in the form of the biomedical model of psychiatry in the last two decades. It is concluded that the reason prevalence rates of ASPD among the homeless are significantly inflated is due to a diagnostic bias that results from the medicalization of typical homeless behavior. Thus, it is concluded that the claims of objectivity and neutrality of the biomedical model of mental illness should be dismissed. Finally, it is concluded that there are two distinct forms of madness in Plato which provide us with two different yet important ways of speaking about madness. I conclude by pointing to a positive problematization of madness through a collection of groups and organizations that adopt a 'harm reduction' strategy in a social justice framework.Findings and Conclusions.
|Title||:||The Epistemology of the Pathological: Essays on Mental Health from Plato to Foucault|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2009|