Medicalization and Demedicalization of the Homeless Mentally Ill

11 Apr 2019
11:00 am - 2:00 pm

470 Stephens Hall

Event Type
Talk / Discussion

Joel Braslow
Professor of History and Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences

Please join us for a lunchtime presentation with Joel Braslow on medicalization and demedicalization within the mentally ill homeless population. Medicalization was conceived as a critique of medical power’s overreach into everyday life. The concepts of medicalization and demedicalization can be useful in questioning our understanding of and care for diseases that blur arbitrary boundaries between the social and the medical. Social scientists generally consider demedicalization of a set of behaviors to be an advance and attribute the original medicalization to cultural ignorance. The respondents for this talk will be David Elkin and Renee Mack.

Please RSVP by Tuesday, April 9th at 12 pm to sign up for lunch. 

This event is sponsored by the Program for the Medical Humanities and CSTMS

Co-sponsors:  Joint UC Berkeley-UCSF Program in Medical Anthropology, UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program, and Berkeley Center for Social Medicine

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