Fra sammendraget til den australske studien “You can’t put it in a box and tie it with a ribbon”: The consumer movement and the social construction of mental illness, som foreligger i fulltekst:
First, the social construction of mental illness is drawn up by two
principle discourses: professionals pathologize mental illness and consumers contextualize
mental illness... Second, analysis of the social practices of mental health care settings as revealed in language
foregrounded central concerns around administration. Mental health care as an institution has
produced what Foucault (1978) names “procedural techniques” for recording information.
These are techniques of control that prescribe the rules of conduct for professionals and
consumers in the institution of mental health care. These techniques reduce the agency and
personal responsibility of professionals and marginalize the self-knowledge of consumers.