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Joan Busfield is a British sociologist and psychologist, Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex and former President of the British Sociological Association (2003–2005). Her research focuses on psychiatry and mental disorder.

She originally trained as a clinical psychologist at the Tavistock Clinic, and holds an MA from St Andrews, and an MA and a PhD from Essex.[1]

Selected publicationsEdit

  • J. Busfield & M. Paddon (1977), Thinking About Children: Sociology and Fertility in Post-War England
  • J. Busfield (1986), Managing Madness: Changing Ideas and Practice
  • J. Busfield (1996), Men, Women and Madness


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