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Making It Crazy – An Ethnography of Psychiatric Clients in an American Community - California Scholarship Online
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Making It Crazy: An Ethnography of Psychiatric Clients in an American Community

Sue Estroff


This book explores the psychological, social, and economic facts of life for a group of discharged mental hospital patients living in Madison, Wisconsin. It both explicitly and inferentially raises questions about the rationale for deinstitutionalization. An anthropological field study, the work is the product of two years of intensive observation. It is a revealing enquiry into the lives of people whose welfare the United States has sought to promote by revolutionizing its system of psychiatric care. The book provides an account of the lives and problems of the mentally ill trying to make it ... More

Keywords: mental hospital patients, Madison, deinstitutionalization, anthropological field study, welfare, psychiatric care, mentally ill, community, coping strategies, system of control

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1985 Print ISBN-13: 9780520054516
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520054516.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sue Estroff, author