Postcolonial Disorders: Reflections on Subjectivity in the Contemporary World

Byron J. Good, Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good, Sandra Teresa Hyde and Sarah Pinto

in Postcolonial Disorders

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780520252233
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941021 | DOI:
Postcolonial Disorders: Reflections on Subjectivity in the Contemporary World

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This book reflects on the nature of subjectivity in everyday modes of experience, the social and psychological dimensions of individual lives, the psychological qualities of social life, the constitution of the subject, and forms of subjection found in the diverse places where anthropologists work at the beginning of the twenty-first century. It is divided into three parts. The first explores the tension between our understandings of the dual meanings of disordered states, referencing political states and disordered lives, the everyday and spectral or imaginary qualities of the state, as well as the dynamics of political subjectivity. The second part examines subjectivity at the borderlands or margins of states and polities, and the third addresses the subjective stakes of postcolonial disorder through the lenses of psychiatric models and “other” or altered mental states.

Keywords: subjectivity; social life; disordered states; political subjectivity; borderlands; postcolonial disorder; psychiatric models; forms of subjection

Chapter.  16672 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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