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Moral Panics, Mental Illness Stigma, and the Deinstitutionalization Movement in American Popular Culture


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Anthony Carlton Cooke
    Pages 1-10
  3. Anthony Carlton Cooke
    Pages 101-138
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 165-191

About this book


This book argues that cultural fascination with the “madperson” stems from the contemporaneous increase of chronically mentally ill persons in public life due to deinstitutionalization—the mental health reform movement leading to the closure of many asylums in favor of outpatient care. Anthony Carlton Cooke explores the reciprocal spheres of influence between deinstitutionalization, representations of the “murderous, mentally ill individual” in the horror, crime, and thriller genres, and the growth of public associations of violent crime with mental illness.


Mental Health in American Culture Deinstitutionalization Panic Figure Madperson Mindhunter

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Writing and LinguisticsGeorgia Southern UniversityStatesboroUSA

About the authors

Anthony Carlton Cooke is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Writing and Linguistics at Georgia Southern University, USA. His work has been published in journals such as Journal of Black Studies and Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society. In addition to his academic work, Anthony has published poetry and fiction in the African American Review and the Arkansas Review.

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