By Caroline Knowles
What occurs while the mad are let loose of the asylum and there's nowhere for them to head? This hard-hitting and debatable new ebook lines the phrases on which the mad occupy the city's streets, homeless shelters, purchasing centres and speedy meals retailers. This social geography of insanity is positioned in the broader parameters of platforms of social welfare and globalization, arguing that the 'community psychological health and wellbeing care' approach is absolutely a process of overlook. Bedlam at the Streets is a richly textured ethnography combining stark photographic photographs of individuals and locations with an exam of urban area and the voices of these that we label ''mad''.
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Although lives remained at the centre of our analytic framework these became ‘narrated lives in their spatial contexts’. In understanding spatial context, we better understand lives and the subtle differences between them. Visual images The spectacular spaces we encountered in tracking the community system in Montréal demanded visual representation. Photographs (like space, the people we didn’t want to interview and the overall direction of the research itself) grew from the field and the material we were collecting.
They cannot have imagined its precise deployment in this text as we ourselves were uncertain about this when the photographs were taken: and to see people as they cannot see themselves, if not a form of violation (Sontag 1990: 15), exercises certain power relationships over representation and hence carries a moral debt to those whose images are used not to cause them further harm, and if possible to do a bit of good. The general aim in using photographs in this text is to help create a space in which both the social position and social world of the mad can be re-imagined in more positive, inclusive, and less defensive terms.
The Story of Linda Lord and the Closing of Penobscot Poultry and Michael Frisch and Milton Rogovan’s (1993) Portraits in Steel have used photography most effectively to convey the spaces in which working lives are lived but with only scant consideration of their textual practices that implicitly rely on having captured a layer of social realism. In sociology photography has remained a marginal concern despite the pioneering work of the American Journal of Sociology discussed by Henny (1986); and Bourdieu’s (1990: 1–8) attempts to constitute the practices and images of photography as an object of sociological investigation.
Bedlam on the Streets by Caroline Knowles