Personality and dangerousness : genealogies of antisocial personality disorder

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McCallum, David (2001) Personality and dangerousness : genealogies of antisocial personality disorder. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.


Personality and Dangerousness traces the history of the category of antisocial personality disorder, showing its emergence to be linked to particular kinds of governing, rather than simply to advances in the human sciences or as a means of social control. The book examines key legal and institutional developments in Australia, the UK and the US and also parallel developments within psychiatry and psychological medicine. Applying a social theoretical analysis to this material, the author challenges our assumptions about the formation and control concepts of dangerousness and personality. Contents: Introduction; 1. Law, psychiatry and the problem of disorder; 2. Histories of psychiatry and the asylum; 3. The borderland patient; 4. Counting, eugenics, mental hygiene; 5. The space for personality; 6. Surfaces of emergence; 7. Personality and dangerousness.

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Item type Book
DOI 0 521 80402 7
ISBN 0521804027
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Historical > RFCD Classification > 370000 Studies in Human Society
Keywords antisocial personality disorders, government policy, social control
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