Psychiatric Culture and Bodies of Resistance

Blackman, Lisa. 2007. Psychiatric Culture and Bodies of Resistance. Body & Society, 13(2), pp. 1-23. ISSN 1357034X [Article]

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Psychiatric culture provides an important site for humanities scholars interested in the relationships between body, culture and identity. The problem raised in this article is how to ‘think’ the body as discursive, material and embodied without reinstating the notion that the discursive and material are two separate, preexisting entities that somehow ‘interact’. The focus of this article will be on the complex relational dynamics that exist between science and culture in the production of psychopathology. The discussion will centre on the practices of a psychiatric user-movement, the Hearing Voices Network, that provide a radical challenge to the alignment of body, culture and identity in the production and understanding of psychopathology, and specifically the phenomenon of voice-hearing. The article will consider the importance of affectivity, relationality and embodiment in understanding the relationship between the performative injunctions of psychiatry, the transformative practices of the HVN and the production of subjectivity.

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affect, embodiment, Hearing Voices Network, psychopathology, relationality

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Media, Communications and Cultural Studies


June 2007Published

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12 Mar 2009 15:42

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27 Jun 2017 13:42

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