File spoon-archives/foucault.archive/foucault_1998/foucault.9809, message 58

Date: Thu, 10 Sep 1998 15:08:46 +1000 (EST)
Subject: Re: Foucauldian examinations of The Market

Yes, as someone who has worked in the mental health system in the UK and
Australia since 1972, and as a student of the history of psychiatric
services, I agree with you Doug. Despite the 'antipsychiatrists' and the
'consumer' movements, money was and still is the only deciding factor in
these processes. As for Foucault - no impact whatever.

Colin Holmes,
Western Sydney

>Doug Henwood wrote:
>> Nonsense. They were deinstitutionalizing mental patients in New York in the
>> 1950s and 1960s. The clincher was the reduced spending. If F had really had
>> an influence on policy, wouldn't more people have been questioning why U.S.
>> society produces so many people it classifies as mentally ill?


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