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Hound Pound NarrativeSexual Offender Habilitation and the Anthropology of Therapeutic Intervention$
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James B Waldram

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780520272552

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520272552.001.0001

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“It’s All in the Head”

“It’s All in the Head”

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(p.220) Chapter 9 “It’s All in the Head”
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Hound Pound Narrative
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James B. Waldram

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520272552.003.0013

This chapter argues for an anthropology of therapeutic intervention. An anthropology of therapeutic intervention is a critical phenomenology that explores experience in any therapeutic context or pretext in which the patient’s participation is not consciously self-motivated or voluntary. What is created is not so much an individual with a disorder as a class of disordered individuals, with each individual diagnosed, treated, and received as representative of the class. This deindividualization makes it easier to use whatever legislative or other means is needed to impose diagnosis and treatment. It is only through the invocation of power and authority that the intervention can ensue. Ultimately, therapeutic intervention is about protecting the dominant social and moral order.

Keywords:   anthropology, therapeutic intervention, phenomenology, deindividualization, social order, moral order

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