Edited by Jennifer Radden

in The Philosophy of Psychiatry

Published in print June 2004 | ISBN: 9780195149531
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199870943 | DOI:

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry


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This chapter argues for an acknowledgment of (and a resolve to understand better the central place of) gender in psychiatric practice, emphasizing that gender differences are partly marked and constituted by the very words we utter. Fundamental is this gendering of language that we may need to search for another language for psychiatric practice with women, a language that will allow women to situate themselves as subjects, not in dominant discourse but in an alternative discourse of their own making. Moreover, because of its links with gender and power, trust and building trust must be part of all therapeutic engagement.

Keywords: psychiatric practice; gender differences; language; women

Chapter.  3327 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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