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Feminism and a Vital Politics of Depression and Recovery

Authors: Fullagar, Simone, O’Brien, Wendy, Pavlidis, Adele

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  • Taps into the key growth areas of mental health sociology and health psychology
  • Engages with core themes of sociological interest: biology, nature and biopower
  • Presents an empirically-informed approach to understanding recovery from depression through a focus on physical embodiment and women's lived experiences
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Drawing upon insights from feminist new materialism the book traces the complex material-discursive processes through which women’s recovery from depression is enacted within a gendered biopolitics. Within the biomedical assemblage that connects mental health policy, service provision, research and everyday life, the gendered context of recovery remains little understood despite the recurrence and pervasiveness of depression. Rather than reducing experience to discrete biological, psychological or sociological categories, feminist thinking moves with the biopsychosocialities implicated in both distress and lively modes of becoming well. Using a post-qualitative approach, the book creatively re-presents how women ‘do’ recovery within and beyond the normalising imperatives of biomedical and psychotherapeutic practices. By pursuing the affective movement of self through depression this inquiry goes beyond individualised models to explore the enactment of multiple self-world relations. Reconfiguring depression and recovery as bodymind matters opens up a relational ontology concerned with the entanglement of gender inequities and mental (ill) health.

About the authors

Simone Fullagar is a Professor (women in sport) at Griffith University, Australia and was previously Chair of the Physical Culture, Sport and Health research group at the University of Bath, UK. As an interdisciplinary sociologist Simone undertakes research on physical cultures, gender and power, and embodied mental health and wellbeing. Her work draws upon post-structuralist feminist and new materialist theories.
Wendy O’Brien is an adjunct Research Fellow and interdisciplinary sociologist working within the Griffith Business School. Drawing on theories of affect and new materialism her research explores mental health, women’s well-being, active embodiment, elite sport and liveability.
Adele Pavlidis is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research at Griffith University, Australia. Her work focuses on affective-discursive relations and the ways health and wellbeing are enabled or impeded by a range of sport and physical cultural practices. 

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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eBook $64.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-11626-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $84.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-11625-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Feminism and a Vital Politics of Depression and Recovery
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-11626-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-11626-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-11625-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 245
Number of Illustrations
6 b/w illustrations
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