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The set of professions dealing with the psyche: psychology, psychiatry, psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, psychiatric nursing, and psychiatric social work. The term derives from the work of Michel Foucault and French post-structuralists such as Jacques Donzelot and Robert Castel, who analysed the role of the social and ‘psy’ professions in regulating family life, sexuality, mind, and rationality. A useful discussion is in Nikolas Rose, Inventing our Selves (1998).

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