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dc.contributor.authorCanning, Christopheren
dc.date2010-05-30 15:52:08.78
dc.date.accessioned2015-07-29T16:12:54Z
dc.date.available2015-07-29T16:12:54Z
dc.date.issued2015-07-29
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1974/13463
dc.descriptionThesis (Ph.D, Sociology) -- Queen's University, 2010-05-30 15:52:08.78en
dc.description.abstractThis project critically evaluates sociological and biological epistemological approaches to the study of mental health and illness, such as anti-psychiatry, social constructivism, Actor Network Theory, neuroscience, and epigenetics, and addresses implications for establishing theoretical links between these domains of scholarship. How, for example, can neuroscience and epigenetics contribute to contemporary accounts of the embodiment of mental illness in the social sciences? What can the sociology of mental health contribute to contemporary biological accounts of behaviour? How might an integrative approach to the study of mental illness help better the lives of women and men living with mental illnesses? In order to address these questions, this project traces shifting sociological and natural scientific trajectories from the 1960s to present, and theorizes a more nuanced alignment between social and biological research in mental health. This dissertation is situated within a growing science studies tradition, one which examines the relationality between human and nonhuman processes, and which investigates how mental illness might be viewed as a constitutive state of relations between somatic (internal) and social (external) environments.en
dc.language.isoengen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesCanadian thesesen
dc.rightsThis publication is made available by the authority of the copyright owner solely for the purpose of private study and research and may not be copied or reproduced except as permitted by the copyright laws without written authority from the copyright owner.en
dc.subjectSociology of Scienceen
dc.subjectMental Healthen
dc.subjectActor Network Theoryen
dc.subjectPhilosophy of Scienceen
dc.titleSynaptic Connectionsen
dc.typethesisen
dc.description.degreePhDen
dc.contributor.supervisorHird, Myra J.en
dc.contributor.departmentSociologyen
dc.degree.grantorQueen's University at Kingstonen


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