Hysteresis, social congestion and debt: towards a sociology of mental health disorders in undergraduates

Cant, S. (2017) Hysteresis, social congestion and debt: towards a sociology of mental health disorders in undergraduates. Social Theory & Health. pp. 1-15. ISSN 1477-8211.

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Sociologists have done much to show that the education system, whatever its meritocratic rationale, is associated with the generation and reproduction of fundamental inequalities. This paper explores how the recent epidemic of mental illness amongst undergraduate students can be seen as part of this dynamic. Reflecting on the dearth of sociological work in this area, the paper draws together the sociologies of inequality, education, and health and illness and explores the value of Bourdieusian framework for understanding the rise of mental health disorders in the undergraduate population. The suggestion is that whilst widening participation has extended educational opportunities, it has simultaneously created a context in which a state of hysteresis (Bourdieu, 1977) can emerge which, when combined with social congestion in the workplace (Brown, 2013) and high levels of debt, serves to elevate rates of depression and anxiety

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: debt, Bourdieu, hysteresis, mental health disorder, social congestion, undergraduates.
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology
Depositing User: Sarah Cant
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2017 15:07
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2018 08:01
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/16615

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