Dis-Ordered Women: Women, Madness and the Law
This research will examine legal cases where women have come into conflict with the law or there is a legal consequences such as denial of child custody because of, or with an alleged or identified psychological conditions. It focuses on conditions that have been identified as those either specific to women as a consequence of biology or those disproportionately associated with women by reason of social role. It explores how the medical concept of mental illness is tranferred, modifed and transformed through its linkages with gender and legal meaning. How are these disorders, syndromes, and illnesses conceptualized, interpreted, and applied in law? What is the impact of introducing these concepts of mental disorder on legal liability, cupability and guilt?
Keywords: Law, Criminality, Women, Psychiatric Health
Dr. Rosanna Langer
Assistant Professor, Department of Law and Justice, Laurentian University