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Making It CrazyAn Ethnography of Psychiatric Clients in an American Community$
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Sue Estroff

Print publication date: 1985

Print ISBN-13: 9780520054516

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520054516.001.0001

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Normals, Crazies, Insiders, and Outsiders

Normals, Crazies, Insiders, and Outsiders

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(p.174) 7 Normals, Crazies, Insiders, and Outsiders
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Making It Crazy
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Sue E. Estroff

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520054516.003.0007

This chapter combines the conscious distinction made by clients between normals and crazies with the author's own observation that insiders and outsiders exist within both these groups. The possible categories produced: inside crazies, outside crazies, inside normals, and outside normals. An inside crazy is a person who not only knows that the ego is crazy but who is crazy as well. Outside crazies comprised those who know that the ego to be crazy by virtue of their being in PACT, or attending the county mental health center, or in a psychiatric ward, sheltered workshop, or therapist's office. Inside normals included persons who were not crazy, and who were aware that the ego was crazy, but who did not refuse to interact with the ego. Outside normals were community members who usually were not aware that the ego was crazy. The clients who went home have indeed grown in many ways since the PACT days.

Keywords:   inside crazies, outside crazies, inside normals, outside normals, PACT

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