Wednesday, September 18, 2019

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  • A very thoughtful piece! It reminds me of some of Michel Foucault’s insights about objectifying discourses. From Foucault’s perspective, authoritative fields (and bodies) label people and these labels become objectified. Regarding mental illness, people become their diagnoses and are divided from the well. The penal system divides the “criminal” from those who are law-abiding. The racial/ethnic minority is labeled “other” to those in the mainstream. One could go on. Knowledge and power are merged. But I do ask, is all biomedical psychiatry oppressive? Is there any practical use for it? In some cases it seems that people cannot function without psychotropic medications. If one finds such drugs helpful, how is that oppressive?