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Revista de la Asociación Española de Neuropsiquiatría

On-line version ISSN 2340-2733Print version ISSN 0211-5735


HUERTAS, Rafael. On the social construction of madness: Ian Hacking and the cultural history of psychiatry. Rev. Asoc. Esp. Neuropsiq. [online]. 2011, vol.31, n.3, pp.437-456. ISSN 2340-2733.

The aim of this paper is to analyze the contribution of philosopher of science Ian Hacking to the cultural history of psychiatry. Based on ideas proposed by this author, as "transient mental illness" or "making up people", some reflections on the socio-cultural construction of mental illness are offered. The examination and discussion the two case studies proposed by Hacking, dissociative fugue and multiple personality, allow to identify the weaknesses and strengths of his approaches and its applicability to the history and theory of psychopathology.

Keywords : Ian Hacking; History of Psychiatry; transient mental illness; dissociative fugue; multiple personality; social constructivism.

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