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The Hoarders – Material Deviance in Modern American Culture - Chicago Scholarship Online
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The Hoarders: Material Deviance in Modern American Culture

Scott Herring


The Hoarders argues that the mental illness of hoarding (Hoarding Disorder) is not an individual pathology. While abnormal psychology and social work use classification systems such as Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-5 (DSM-5) to legitimize the activity as a mental disorder, this book disputes these diagnoses. Examining how scientific research, the entertainment industry, the professional organizing industry, and others promote knowledge about hoarding, this book presents an extended cultural study of improper forms of collecting and unorthodox material culture in the mod ... More

Keywords: hoarding, Hoarding Disorder, mental illness, collecting, pathology, classification, abnormal psychology, material culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780226171685
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226171852.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Scott Herring, author
Associate Professor, Department of English, Indiana University

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