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Title: Men's Discourses of Depression
Written By: Dariusz Galasiński

This ground-breaking study takes up the issue of men’s experiences of
depression. It argues that a discourse analytic focus upon the experience
of mental illness offers insights important not only to social scientists
but also to mental health scholars and practitioners. The micro-analytic
examination of discursively constructed experience of depression shows a
complex and uneasy relationship between the illness and those who are ill,
indicating that experience of mental illness escapes attempts to describe
it by means of a few, quite ambivalent diagnostic criteria. The challenge
to the mainstream views of depression comes, Galasiński argues, from the
inevitable anchoring of depression experience in the dominant model of
masculinity. This challenge is embedded within a larger discussion of a
hiatus between the dominant ideologies of depression, stipulating its
universality, with how it is experienced by individual men. Galasiński
finishes with a postulate including the focus on the discursive form of how
mentally ill people account for their experiences and thus on their
suffering, rather than the ‘symptoms’ they display.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0230507522
ISBN-13: 9780230507524
Pages: 224
Prices: U.K. £ 45.00