Mental health care and the politics of inclusion: A social systems account of psychiatric deinstitutionalization

@article{Novella2010MentalHC,
  title={Mental health care and the politics of inclusion: A social systems account of psychiatric deinstitutionalization},
  author={Enric J. Novella},
  journal={Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics},
  year={2010},
  volume={31},
  pages={411-427}
}
  • E. Novella
  • Published 14 August 2010
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics
This paper provides an interpretation, based on the social systems theory of German sociologist Niklas Luhmann, of the recent paradigmatic shift of mental health care from an asylum-based model to a community-oriented network of services. The observed shift is described as the development of psychiatry as a function system of modern society and whose operative goal has moved from the medical and social management of a lower and marginalized group to the specialized medical and psychological… 
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