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The Resource Madness and Democracy, by Marcel Gauchet, Gladys Swain ; translated by Catherine Porter

Madness and Democracy, by Marcel Gauchet, Gladys Swain ; translated by Catherine Porter

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Madness and Democracy
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Madness and Democracy
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by Marcel Gauchet, Gladys Swain ; translated by Catherine Porter
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eng
Summary
How the insane asylum became a laboratory of democracy is revealed in this provocative look at the treatment of the mentally ill in nineteenth-century France. Political thinkers reasoned that if government was to rest in the hands of individuals, then measures should be taken to understand the deepest reaches of the self, including the state of madness. Marcel Gauchet and Gladys Swain maintain that the asylum originally embodied the revolutionary hope of curing all the insane by saving the glimmer of sanity left in them. Their analysis of why this utopian vision failed ultimately constitutes both a powerful argument for liberalism and a direct challenge to Michel Foucault's indictment of liberal institutions. The creation of an artificial environment was meant to encourage the mentally ill to live as social beings, in conditions that resembled as much as possible those prevailing in real life. The asylum was therefore the first instance of a modern utopian community in which a scientifically designed environment was supposed to achieve complete control over the minds of a whole category of human beings. Gauchet and Swain argue that the social domination of the inner self, far from being the hidden truth of emancipation, represented the failure of its overly optimistic beginnings
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non fiction
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New French Thought Series
Madness and Democracy, by Marcel Gauchet, Gladys Swain ; translated by Catherine Porter
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Madness and Democracy, by Marcel Gauchet, Gladys Swain ; translated by Catherine Porter
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http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2307/j.ctt7rxbb
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Contents
  • Foreword; Editors' Note; Introduction; Abstract I: The Moment of Origin; Part One: Advent, Apotheosis, and Failure of the Asylum Establishment; Abstract II; Chapter I: La Salpêtrière, or The Double Birth of the Asylum; Chapter II: The Politics of the Asylum; Chapter III: Impossible Power; Chapter IV: A Socializing Machine; Abstract III: Crisis, Agony, and Repetition; Abstract IV: Esquirol at La Salpêtrière; Part Two: The Passions as a Sketch of a General Theory of Mental Alienation; Abstract V: Esqirol in 1805; Abstract VI: The Clinical Resolution
  • Abstract VII: Between the Will to Madness and Brain LesionsAbstract VIII: What the Passions Make It Possible to Think (Beginning); Chapter V: What the Passions Make It Possible to Think; Chapter VI: Reducing Insanity: The Mirror of Alterity; Abstract IX: Approaches to Healing; How to Speak to the Insane; Chapter VII: The Society of Individuals and the Institution of Speech; Chapter VIII: The Conquest of Dissymmetry; Chapter IX: Openings and Aporia of Moral Treatment; Epilogue: Social Divide, Division of the Subject, Mad Rupture; Notes; List of Works Cited; Index
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