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Nikolas Rose

FBA, FAcSS, FRSA Nikolas Rose was Professor of Sociology at Kings College London from 2012 until his retirement in April 2021. He was the founding Head of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at King’s and Co-Founder and Co-Director of King’s ESRC Centre for Society and Mental Health, the UK’s first major research centre on the social dimensions of mental distress.

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5 E Mental Health

Can we put brain, body and world together again in psychiatry?  Can we make sense of our mental afflictions by putting the whole multicellular organism that is the human being back into its place in the biosphere?  

In these notes I want to suggest that we can detect the emergence of a new style of thought concerning afflictions of the mind or the soul, that is to say, concerning those issues which, over the last century, have come to be understood as the province of psychiatry.  

I term this approach ‘5 E Mental Health’  – a way of thinking and acting that  would entail a fudamental transformation in ‘the psychiatric complex’ – a paradigm shift in the social role of psychiatry as radical as ’the closure of the asylums’….

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