Thomas S. Szasz (1920-2012)

Cresswell, M (2021) 'Thomas S. Szasz (1920-2012).' In: Ritzer, G, ed. The Wiley-Blackwell encyclopedia of sociology. 2nd ed. Wiley-Blackwell. (Forthcoming)


The Hungarian-born, US-based psychiatrist, Thomas S. Szasz, was the author of The Myth of Mental Illness (1961). He was a key figure in the anti-psychiatry movement from the 1960s onwards. He argued that the concept of mental illness was false and unscientific and that the lawful incarceration of individuals on mental health grounds was morally wrong. His views remain controversial and he has been criticised on philosophical, moral and sociological grounds.

Item Type: Book Chapter or Section
Keywords: medical sociology; mental health; sociology of health and illness; sociology of law; sociology of mental health
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: School of Sciences
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2019 16:43
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2021 09:51
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