of neoliberalism and of mental distress, as well as the Foucauldian literature on governmentality, to engage critically with the manner in which the problem of depression in the workplace has been framed, and the responses to it that are being proposed. I argue that key features of contemporary discourses and emerging initiatives regarding “workplace depression” intersect with the lives of diverse groups of women in ways that pose challenges to their social citizenship: by individualizing the sources of mental distress and responses to it, by contributing to the privatization of access to health care benefits, and by developing potentially problematic linkages between the public world of employment and employees’ private lives.
Andrea Nicki. Independent Scholar, Women’s Studies and Gender Relations, University of British Columbia
Rethinking Female ‘Personality Disorders’: Recovering Moral Agency
Much research on female “personality disorders” sees those diagnosed with them from a non-holistic, exclusionary perspective, perceiving and evaluating them in terms of ideals that guide “normal” personalities. Feminist psychiatrist Judith Herman argued a few decades ago that “borderline personality disorder,” for instance, should be re-envisioned as complex post-traumatic stress disorder. But feminist critiques, such as that of Herman, have been continually ignored in both psychiatric theory and practice. There is little attempt to understand the moral worlds of people with complex post-traumatic stress disorders, and their behaviour, attitudes, and achievements are often reduced to mere symptoms. I show that it is important to maintain a distinction between mental health and moral virtue; though the two may influence each other, there is no necessary causal relationship between them. I am concerned with the basic task of affirming the personhood, rationality, and moral agency of women who have been dehumanized by psychiatric conceptions. In order to challenge dominant views of women with complex post-traumatic stress disorders, I explore narratives of female survivors of chronic childhood abuse as counterstories that tell stories of moral possibilities and healing.
Leanne Dowse and Eileen Baldry. Social Sciences and International Studies, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Turning the Key: Conceptualising the Community/Corrections Continuum for People with Mental Health Disorders in the Criminal Justice System
The growing presence of people with mental health disorders in criminal justice systems (CJS) worldwide is of public concern. An innovative Australian study linking data from