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Managing madness, murderers and paedophiles: understanding change in the field of English forensic psychiatry

McDonald, Ruth; Furtado, Vivek; V�llm, Birgit

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Ruth McDonald

Vivek Furtado

Birgit V�llm



Abstract

This paper discusses changes occurring in the field of English forensic psychiatry which appear to be linked to feelings of discomfort amongst medical professionals who manage care in such settings. These changes are neither the result of a sudden ‘shock’ to the system, nor small improvisations at the margins, but instead appear to reflect a growing perception amongst psychiatrists of accepted field practice as inadequate for some types of patients. To understand how feelings and emotions are implicated in these changes we draw on and develop the work of Pierre Bourdieu to suggest that changes must be seen in the context of field tensions, which have implications for habitus. However, we do not view feelings of discomfort merely as a response to these tensions. Instead we suggest a more dynamic process with the habitus playing a key role in structuring what people pay attention to and how they perceive it, as well as whether they experience particular feelings in the first place, therefore.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 11, 2016
Online Publication Date Jul 13, 2016
Publication Date Sep 1, 2016
Deposit Date Jul 18, 2016
Publicly Available Date Jul 18, 2016
Journal Journal of Health Organization and Management
Print ISSN 1477-7266
Electronic ISSN 1758-7247
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 164
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.07.011
Keywords Bourdieu; emotion; forensic psychiatry; professionals; change; mental health
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/975199
Publisher URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277953616303653

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