Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Cinema's Military Industrial Complex$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Haidee Wasson and Lee Grieveson

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520291508

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520291508.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CALIFORNIA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.california.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of California Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CALSO for personal use.date: 20 May 2022

Managing the Trauma of Labor

Managing the Trauma of Labor

Military Psychiatric Cinema in World War II

(p.116) 7 Managing the Trauma of Labor
Cinema's Military Industrial Complex

Kaia Scott

University of California Press

This chapter, by Kaia Scott, discusses the U.S. military’s use of film to deploy psychiatric ideas and treatment techniques throughout all levels of personnel during the Second World War. It describes military psychiatric films that were shown to teach soldiers, officers, and doctors psychiatric monitoring and management techniques and also films that were used as medical tools in the therapeutic treatment of soldiers on a mass scale. The use of film to promote military psychiatry as a strategy for making manpower more efficient is contextualized within changes occurring in psychiatry during the interwar and postwar period. The chapter shows that the military’s use of media to destigmatize psychiatric ideas in an attempt to optimize the labor of “normal” persons converged with and greatly amplified particular trends in the psychiatric discipline by putting enormous institutional resources behind them.

Keywords:   psychiatric film, military psychiatry, labor, efficiency, therapeutic treatment, Second World War

California Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.