New book: Suicide: Foucault, History and Truth

Ian Marsh writes in with news of his new book:

In ‘Suicide: Foucault, History and Truth’, Ian Marsh examines the historical and cultural forces that have influenced contemporary thought, practices and policy in relation to this serious public health problem. Drawing on the work of Michel Foucault, the book tells the story of how suicide has come to be seen as first and foremost a matter of psychiatric concern, and sets out to challenge the assumptions and certainties embedded in our beliefs, attitudes and practices concerning suicide and the suicidal.

The book provides a clear overview of the work and ideas of Michel Foucault; offers an accessible approach to analyzing contemporary problems through the use of Foucault’s methods, allowing the reader to apply these methods to their own areas of interest; and analyzes suicide in a provocative and stimulating way to challenge reader’s own previously held perceptions.
Available from Cambridge University Press (

Paperback £19.99 / $34.99
Hardback £55.00 / $95.00


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