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Michel Foucault e a persistência do poder psiquiátrico

DOI: 10.1590/S1413-81232009000100015

Keywords: foucault, psychiatry, medical knowledge, psychiatric institutions.

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this article aims studying the course held by michel foucault at the collège de france in 1973-1974. the records of this course were published in 2003 under the name " psychiatric power" . the objective was to compare the different ways in which foucault analyzes the question of madness in " psychiatric power" and in " history of madness in the classical age" (1961). it is a comparative study about the different ways of analyzing madness developed by michel foucault during the archeological and genealogic periods of his work. the absence of the body; binary diagnosis; the description of the surface of symptoms; the classification of diseases more similar to the botanical classification than to pathology; the process of cure directly linked to restitution of behaviors and moral values; as well as the over-power of the psychiatrist, seem to speak about the persistence of an old model of power, a pre-modern and pre-capitalist model, a residue of the old sovereign power.


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