The Subject of Mental Illness

Byron J. Good, Subandi and Mary-Jo Delvecchio Good

in Subjectivity

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780520247925
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520939639 | DOI:
The Subject of Mental Illness

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This chapter studies the relationship between the subjective experience of psychotic illness and political subjectivity, and the madness of the psychotic and that of violent crowds in modern Indonesia. It reveals deep fractures in the symbolic ordering of sufferers' relation to families and the world of commodity capitalism and the medicoscientific order of reality. The chapter also shows how the experiences of acute psychoses are mixed up with Indonesia's current political and economic turmoil, and emphasizes the dissonances, ambiguities, and limitations of representing subjectivity in mental illness.

Keywords: subjective experience; psychotic illness; political subjectivity; psychotic; violent crowds; modern Indonesia; symbolic ordering; commodity capitalism; sufferers; acute psychoses

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