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Tue, Jan. 13th, 2009 03:29 am
Utsu: drugging the ordinary sadness of Japanese and children

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imomus
imomus
imomus
Tue, Jan. 13th, 2009 04:04 am (UTC)

I don't know that essay, but a glance through it suggests it's a continuation of R.D. Laing and David Cooper's idea that madness is an appropriate response to a mad, and maddening, world. And one of the strengths of Adam Curtis' documentary is his point that Laing's anti-psychiatry had a very different outcome than he planned it to; it became part of a general undermining of confidence in the altruism of public servants and professionals, and the Thatcherite and Blairite "managerial" culture stepped into the void with models of human nature which assumed utter self-interest in all social actors. Laing would have been horrified to know that his anti-establishment anti-psychiatry would fit so well with the cynicism of a new establishment based on mistrust and selfishness.


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saikoutron
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Teikasaurus Howl
Tue, Jan. 13th, 2009 01:30 pm (UTC)

It's an account of medical professionals pretending to be patients at a psychiatric ward, observing the way they were treated by the other health professional who were on duty - as far as I can remember you're rather spot on about the undermining of confidence, and though written all the way back in 1975 I feel that it's very reflective of how actual health care physicians still approach the "mentally ill" - educated or not, once you slap that term on someone societal norms take over and physicians unconsciously act on that counter-transference.


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