223 BOOK REVIEWS Schindler, Ronald J. Power Politics and Applied Ethics: A Study of the Research and Evaluation Division of the Philadelphia Office of Mental Health. Notre Dame, Indiana: The Foundations Press, 1984, 51 pp., $6.00. Just how many Princes can be put in an Iron Cage before it is completely overridden by the irrationality of rationality and begins to ooze inhumane practices all over itself and its constituents? Marx and Weber would feel vindicated were they to read this little monograph. Machiavelli would giggle smugly. For this is a scathing critique of the failures of community psychology and the mental health establishment. It is best summed up in the author's thesis: The community psychology movement, in tandem with the mental health estab- lishment, in its theories and practices not only has to deal with the consequences of racism but is a secondary reinforcer of those selfsame consequences, and material- izes, in its model and actions, one complex variable amongst many determinants in perpetuating racism as a world view in the American Mind and its concomitant institutionalization. Thus, the community mental health bureaucracy epitomizes concretely the crisis of the American sciences. This establishment uses its power through the
Journal of Phenomenological Psychology – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1987
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