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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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(p.155) 6 America's Transient Mental Illness
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Subjectivity
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Allan Young

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520247925.003.0007

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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