In times of massive economic inequity, why do so many Americans consider themselves mentally ill? Exploring the psychological effects of debt, foreclosure, and unemployment, this book shows how our mental health categories are poorly equipped to explain the stresses of the current economy. Philip Browning Helsel provides concrete advice to ministers and counselors wishing to help those struggling with the stress of being a member of the modern working class. 'Pastoral power' is the ability to help people define and resist the suffering that results from an unjust economic system. Helsel argues that psychological labels can reduce people to 'problem-identities' and make them feel internally responsible for their emotional problems. Drawing from the counter-conducts of pastoral power described by Michel Foucault, and highlighting the testimonies of the consumer/survivor/ex-patient movement, this book helps communities resist social class oppression while questioning the oversimplification of mental health pathology.
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Redefining Retirement For Nurses; Finding Meaning In Retirement
by Patricia A. Tabloski & Joanne Evans
Holy Spirit: Setting the World on Fire
Co-Edited by Richard Lennan & Nancy Pineda-Madrid
Learn to Program using Swift for iOS Development
by John Gallaugher
Technology and Engagement: Making Technology Work for First-Generation College Students
by Heather T. Rowan-Kenyon & Ana M. Martínez Alemán & Mandy Savitz-Romer, PhD
Coercion: The Power to Hurt in International Politics
by Peter Krause & Timothy Crawford
Why You Eat What You Eat
by Rachel Herz
Antique Coptic Textiles in McMullen Museum
by Nancy Netzer
Listening to Early Modern Catholicism: Perspectives from Musicology
Edited by Michael Noone & Daniele V. Filippi
Nazi Law: From Nuremberg to Nuremberg
Edited by John J. Michalczyk
Academic–Practitioner Relationships: Developments, Complexities and Opportunities
by Jean M. Bartunek & Jane McKenzie
Rebel Power: Why National Movements Compete, Fight, and Win
by Peter Krause
Father Blake on his life long involvement with Film Studies and his twenty-two years at Boston College
by Richard Blake S.J. Ph.D.
Written for Our Instruction: Theological and Spiritual Riches in Romans
by Thomas D. Stegman, S.J.
English Alliterative Verse: Poetic Tradition and Literary History
by Eric Weiskott
From Neither Here Not There
by Sammy Chong, S.J.
21st Century Corporate Citizenship: a Practical Guide to Delivering Value to Society and Your Business
by Katherine Valvoda Smith and Dave Stangis