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The British mass-market publisher Penguin produced a number of texts on psychiatric topics in the period c.1950–c.1980. Investigation of editorial files relating to a sample of these volumes reveals that they were shaped as much by the commercial imperatives and changing aspirations of the publisher as by developments and debates in psychiatry itself. A number of economic imperatives influenced the publishing process, including the perennial difficulty in finding psychiatrists willing and able to enter the popular book market; the economic pressures exerted on peer-review protocols; and the identification of a niche market in popular psychiatry, latterly of a politically radical flavour. As well as offering a materialist standpoint for the study of popular psychiatric texts, this investigation allows an opportunity to adapt, apply and assess theoretical approaches to mass-market publishing by psychiatrists.
|Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:||Miller, Dr Gavin|
|College/School:||College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Literature|
|Journal Name:||History of the Human Sciences|
|Copyright Holders:||Copyright © 2015 The Author|
|First Published:||First published in History of the Human Sciences 28(4):76-101|
|Publisher Policy:||Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher|