Postmodernity and Mental Illness: A Comparative Analysis of Selected Theorists
Dr. Yawo Bessa, Allen Brown, Jody Hicks

Background. As every other historical period, postmodernity has significant impacts on the structure of society which includes material and nonmaterial culture. Thus, postmodern affects the technology but also the thought processes, belief systems, morals, behavior, and health of individuals. Aim. The purpose of this study is to analyze the sociological theories of the postmodern period as they relate to mental illness. Methods. The perspectives of five sociological theorists (Bauman, Baudrillard, Beck, Bourdieu, and Cohen) were examined and compared. Results. The analysis of these theorists revealed that the period of postmodernity is characterized by chaos, confusion, and unpredictability which are associated with the rise of mental illness. Conclusion. The study proposes changes in the treatment and care of individuals suffering from mental illness.

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