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Gendering Mental Health: Knowledges, Identities, and Institutions

Bhargavi V. Davar and T. K. Sundari Ravindran


Steeped in archaic and narrow colonial attitudes towards people of ‘unsound mind’, the discourse on mental health in India, as also the public apparatus dealing with it, are rigid, exclusionary and deeply gender insensitive. Interrogating the ways in which we understand and deal with mental health disabilities, this volume unravels the voices of women trapped in the predominantly skewed discourse of mental ill-health as ‘madness’, within the sciences, legal systems, policies, and the media. The chapters focus on the state of mental health of Indian women, with respect to social attitudes, cult ... More

Keywords: gender, mental health, disability, UNCRPD, marginality, recovery, psychosocial disabilities, mental illness, traditional healing, human rights, Erwady tragedy, mental health policy, madness stories

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199453535
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199453535.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bhargavi V. Davar, editor
Centre for Adocacy in Mental health, Pune

T. K. Sundari Ravindran, editor
Honorary Professor at the Achutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies, Trivandrum Kerala

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