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SubjectivityEthnographic Investigations$
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Joao Biehl, Byron Good, and Arthur Kleinman

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520247925

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520247925.001.0001

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America's Transient Mental Illness

America's Transient Mental Illness

A Brief History of the Self-Traumatized Perpetrator

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Allan Young

University of California Press

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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