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The women’s liberation movement, activism and therapy at the grassroots, 1968–1985 / Sarah Crook

Women's History Review, Volume: 27, Issue: 7, Pages: 1152 - 1168

Swansea University Author: Sarah Crook

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Abstract

The women’s liberation movement was the impetus for the founding of new institutions of psychological and mental health care for women in the late 1970s and 1980s. This article draws upon the archive of one such site, based in Islington, North London, to explore the ways that members of the movement...

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Published in: Women's History Review
ISSN: 0961-2025 1747-583X
Published: 2018
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa50676
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Abstract: The women’s liberation movement was the impetus for the founding of new institutions of psychological and mental health care for women in the late 1970s and 1980s. This article draws upon the archive of one such site, based in Islington, North London, to explore the ways that members of the movement interacted with local politics and were attentive to racial and economic oppression. It demonstrates that consciousness-raising groups and feminist magazines made women’s distress visible and that this visibility led to the development of feminist critiques of mainstream psychiatric care. The critiques of mainstream provision laid the ground for grassroots interventions into women’s mental healthcare in the community.
Keywords: women's liberation movement; psychiatry; 1970s
College: College of Arts and Humanities
Issue: 7
Start Page: 1152
End Page: 1168