James Davies

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James Davies is a Reader in medical anthropology and psychology, teaching in the schools of Life & Health Sciences and Psychology. He obtained his doctorate in social and medical anthropology from the University of Oxford and is also a qualified psychotherapist. He has practiced as a psychotherapist in various settings including the NHS.

He is co-founder of the Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry, which is now secretariat to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence ( https://prescribeddrug.org/ ). 


He has also written four books:

Davies J (2021) Sedated: how modern capitalism created out mental health crisis. London: Atlantic Books

Davies, J. (2013) Cracked: why psychiatry is doing more harm than good. London: Icon Books.

Davies, J (2009) The Importance of Suffering: the value and meaning of emotional discontent. London: Routledge.

Davies, J (2009) The Making of Psychotherapists: an anthropological analysis. London: Routledge


BA. MSc. MA. D.Phil.

Research interests

Critical psychiatry, psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, medical anthropology, social suffering, fieldwork methods, professional socialisation.



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