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David Smail

Power, Interest and Psychology

Power, Interest and Psychology
Elements of a Social Materialist Understanding of Distress

PCCS Books, 2005.

This is a re-worked, up-dated and considerably expanded elaboration of Power, Responsibility and Freedom, the Internet publication which is to be found on this website. At its core is an attempt to set out an account of psychological/emotional distress which is both social and material: i.e., places the embodied subject in a social environment in a real, material world.

Chapter headings:-

1 Looking back
2 A societal perspective
3 The cultural context of therapy
4 Responsibility
5 What then must we do?