The Rise of Mental Illness in the United States

Ulla Stanic, Dina Ring Hansen, Anne Cassau, Thais Teixeira Machado & Sara Frost Varda

Studenteropgave: Basisprojekt


The aim of this project is to understand whether the increase of mental health disorders is a social construction creating an illusional rise, or if there is a rising amount of people who actually are mentally ill. Therefore, the project seeks to investigate the question of which discourses are dominating in the debates surrounding the statistical rise of mental illness cases in the United States by examining the development of mental illness through statistical data, scientific and semi-scientific articles, and individual subjective sources. In order to analyze the sources, this project will use the method of the Foucauldian Discourse Analysis and Archeology and the investigation is based on the theoretical and methodological framework of Michel Foucault to examine the influences from different knowledge producers and the power of the implementation of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) in the debate about the rise of mental illness.

UddannelserBasis - International Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato13 dec. 2018
Antal sider67
VejledereSusanne Jacobsen Perez