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America's Transient Mental Illness

Allan Young

in Subjectivity

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780520247925
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520939639 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520247925.003.0007
America's Transient Mental Illness

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This chapter discusses the concept of “transient mental illness.” It outlines the specific constellation of psychiatric, political, and social processes that are slowly leading to a new category of mental illness, namely the self-traumatized perpetrator. The chapter explains how the recycling of knowledge, institutions, and claims leads to new social phenomena and affect, while creating distinct possibilities for human choice and action.

Keywords: transient mental illness; self-traumatized perpetrator; recycling knowledge; human choice; mental illness

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Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology

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