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Mad Minds: Theorizing the Intersection of Gender, Sexuality and Mental Illness in Contemporary Media Discourse

Abstract This project analyzes contemporary U.S. mental health discourse as an assemblage that constantly renegotiates the normative subject through the production and regulation of intersectional mentally ill subjects. It uses feminist disability and biopolitical theoretical frameworks to explore how media discourses of mental illness reveal the regulation of mentally ill subjects in relationship to intersections of gender, sexuality, and race. These discourses constitute a biopolitical technology that genders, racializes, and regulates mental illness. This regulation not only reveals the cultural boundaries around who is designated as “mentally ill” (and how they are designated as such), but it also demonstrates how mental illness is normalized wh... (more)
Created Date 2018
Contributor Herson, Kellie (Author) / Leong, Karen J (Advisor) / Mallot, J. Edward (Committee member) / Kuo, Karen (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Gender studies / Mental health / Women's studies / cultural studies / discourse / gender / media studies / mental health / sexuality
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 219 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Gender Studies 2018
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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