Challenging entrenched views of madness and reason, this work introduces many of the radical themes about the nature of power and social exclusion. It focuses on scientific and medical analyses of madness, as well as on the philosophical and cultural values attached to the mad.
Michel Foucault (1926-84). Celebrated French thinker and activist who challenged people's assumptions about care of the mentally ill, gay rights, prisons, the police and welfare. Jean Khalfa is a lecturer in French at Cambridge University, UK. Jonathan Murphy is an experienced translator, editor and lecturer.