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Toward a world with commons and without psychiatry: The Bonnie Burstow blog

Dr. Bonnie Burstow is best known as a philosopher, a social theorist, an antipsychiatry activist, a feminist psychotherapist, and a prolific author. Deeply informed by anti-oppression and community engagement perspectives, she is the author of [i]Psychiatry and the Business of Madness: An Ethical and Epistemological Accounting[/i] and is a regular contributor to [i][url=http://www.madinamerica.com]Mad in America.[/url][/i] She is also a faculty member in Adult Education and Community Development in OISE at the University of Toronto.
Blog - Toward a world with commons and without psychiatry: The Bonnie Burstow blog December 5
Bonnie Burstow | This article is a conversation about a daring new novel "The Other Mrs. Smith." In it we see electroshock emerge as violence against women and we make the acquaintance of truly fascinating souls.
Blog - Toward a world with commons and without psychiatry: The Bonnie Burstow blog July 2
Bonnie Burstow | Justice Paul Perell's recent landmark decision found that patients at Oak Ridge were subject to torture between 1966 and 1983.
Blog - Toward a world with commons and without psychiatry: The Bonnie Burstow blog June 19
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Bonnie Burstow | From the newly formed scholarship in antipsychiatry comes concrete guidance on how to confer legitimacy on the counter-hegemonic.
Blog - Toward a world with commons and without psychiatry: The Bonnie Burstow blog June 16
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Image: Wikimedia Commons/SimonP​
Bonnie Burstow | The hegemonic can be leveraged to confer legitimacy on the counter-hegemonic.
Blog - Toward a world with commons and without psychiatry: The Bonnie Burstow blog March 6
Bonnie Burstow | Taking a page from the Victorian poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning, it is time to start cursing oppressive institutions and those that make them possible. And where better to begin than psychiatry?
Blog - Toward a world with commons and without psychiatry: The Bonnie Burstow blog January 3
Bonnie Burstow | How about kicking the new year off with some antipsychiatry resolutions? Like: "I will sever my connection with institutional psychiatry" and "I will stop pretending the system can be fixed."
Blog - Toward a world with commons and without psychiatry: The Bonnie Burstow blog December 15
Toronto Reference Library. Flickr/Open Grid Scheduler
Bonnie Burstow | A Toronto public library talk on Dec. 6, 2016 shows thrilling signs of an antipsychiatry breakthrough -- a huge audience, enthusiastic reception. Herein, we learn the lessons of the earthworms.
Blog - Toward a world with commons and without psychiatry: The Bonnie Burstow blog October 11
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Bonnie Burstow | Toronto universities have long led the way in integrating critiques of psychiatry. Now the pièce de la résistance has materialized -- an antipsychiatry award already heralded as 'a game-changer.'
Blog - Toward a world with commons and without psychiatry: The Bonnie Burstow blog July 26
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Bonnie Burstow | Toronto Transit is in dire need of an overhaul and indeed constitutes a danger, with different levels of government having contributed to the problem. Action and more equitable choices are in order.
Blog - Toward a world with commons and without psychiatry: The Bonnie Burstow blog July 8
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Bonnie Burstow | Black Lives Matter Toronto's interruption of Pride this year was measured and justified. The outpouring of racism in response to it is shamefully misguided. It is time to learn and to change.
Blog - Toward a world with commons and without psychiatry: The Bonnie Burstow blog June 13
Bonnie Burstow | There are great radical developments at OISE -- like the spread of institutional ethnography, antipsychiatry and feminist initiatives, and yet, little high-up support for feminism.
Blog - Toward a world with commons and without psychiatry: The Bonnie Burstow blog April 26
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Bonnie Burstow | Our assisted dying bill is not compatible with the Supreme Court ruling. We need to push for compatibility, including with respect to those where most Canadians draw the line.
Blog - Toward a world with commons and without psychiatry: The Bonnie Burstow blog January 7
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Bonnie Burstow | With the death of Dr. Robert Spitzer, the press celebrates his legacy. Despite claims made, his real legacy is to bring the pretence of science, rigour and medicine to psychiatric diagnosing.
Blog - Toward a world with commons and without psychiatry: The Bonnie Burstow blog October 13
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Bonnie Burstow | Interested in social activism education? Whether it be in social work or any other field associated with activism, there is a plethora of Canadian programs you can apply to -- and the time is now!
Blog - Toward a world with commons and without psychiatry: The Bonnie Burstow blog September 28
Bonnie Burstow | Every single mental health law in Canada constitutes a human right by UN standards. Correspondingly, not only are we not correcting the problem, we are ever increasing the degree of the violation.
Blog - Toward a world with commons and without psychiatry: The Bonnie Burstow blog September 13
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Bonnie Burstow | Feminist faculty and students at the University of Toronto have been threatened. In addressing this, let's stand tall, let's bear in mind all oppressions, and let's stop slipping into sanism.
Blog - Toward a world with commons and without psychiatry: The Bonnie Burstow blog September 8
Bonnie Burstow | How could the tide be turning on psychiatry when the institution has never been so strong? We're seeing increasing signs which, taken together, are convincing portents of a societal shift.
Blog - Toward a world with commons and without psychiatry: The Bonnie Burstow blog August 24
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Bonnie Burstow | An introduction to The Bonnie Burstow Blog, which is committed to antipsychiatry and the expansions of the commons. Psychiatry is foundationless and we need to grapple with problems together.