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Dr Guy Ramsay

Faculty Research Fellow
Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies


Guy Ramsay is a Senior Lecturer in Chinese Language and Studies in the School of Languages and Cultures at The University of Queensland. His current research interest lies in how Chinese people discursively represent and construct mental illness and related disorders. He has explored mental illness in his 2008 book, Shaping minds: a discourse analysis of Chinese-language community mental health literature (John Benjamins); and mental illness and dementia in his 2013 book, Mental illness, dementia and family in China (Routledge). His current book manuscript, Beyond the Opium Dens, examines drug addiction. Guy was a member of the planning and organising committee for the '1st Discourse and Narrative Symposium: Stigma and Exclusion in (Cross-) Cultural Contexts' held at UQ in February 2013. He also has been a visiting research scholar at the University of Texas at Austin on two occasions.
Guy aims to complete his current book project while at CCCS. The book, Beyond the Opium Dens, explores the phenomenon of drug addiction in mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. The book moves beyond the opium dens of the Chinese historical narrative to examine contemporary stories told by Chinese people suffering from drug addiction as well as contemporary stories told by others about Chinese people suffering from drug addiction. The stories examined in the book include real life accounts of drug addiction written by Chinese people in rehabilitation or recovery, and filmic accounts of drug addiction presented in contemporary mainland Chinese, Taiwanese and Hong Kong film and television productions. The book utilises the perspectives and approaches of discourse analysis and narrative analysis to analyse the representation and construction of drug addiction from these different authorial positions, located both inside and outside the experience of addiction. In so doing, the book explains how salient discourses - cultural, political and institutional - shape these Chinese stories of drug addiction.