Vocabulary is a contentious issue in many areas, and this is especially true of mental illness. Our choice of words can imply a choice of perspectives and epistemologies, and has significant political implications (Foster, 2007). In this paper, I will use a variety of terms that have been used throughout history to refer to what we would now (probably, and not always uncontroversially) call mental health problems, people with mental health problems, and mental health services. I will therefore refer to “madness”, on occasions to “lunatics” or the “mad”, and to asylums. This should not imply that I am using these terms uncritically, nor that I subscribe to their use. Rather this reflects the way in which these experiences, people and places have been described historically. Indeed, there is another interesting paper to be written about the way that changes in vocabulary over time might reflect changes in representation—or otherwise.
What can Social Psychologists Learn from Architecture? The Asylum as Example†
Version of Record online: 27 AUG 2013
© 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour
Volume 44, Issue 2, pages 131–147, June 2014
How to Cite
Foster, J. L.H. (2014), What can Social Psychologists Learn from Architecture? The Asylum as Example. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, 44: 131–147. doi: 10.1111/jtsb.12034
- Issue online: 13 MAY 2014
- Version of Record online: 27 AUG 2013
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