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The Knot of the Soul

Stefania Pandolfo

in Postcolonial Disorders

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780520252233
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941021 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520252233.003.0013
The Knot of the Soul

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This chapter presents a single case study of a young Moroccan man experiencing the onset of psychosis, who was brought by police, at the request of his mother, to a psychiatric emergency department in Morocco. It discusses observations of other patients and psychiatric ideologies, and reflects on the contradictions of the postcolonial era in Morocco. The chapter suggests that diagnosis of the subjectivity of the colonized may be of more continuing relevance than the diagnoses of many postcolonial theorists.

Keywords: Moroccan man; psychosis; postcolonial era; subjectivity; colonized; psychiatric ideologies

Chapter.  14307 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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