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Accepted Paper:

has pdf download From the asylum to the secteur and beyond: the rhetoric of the 'psychiatric crisis' in France  
Livia Velpry (CERMES3/Université paris 8)

Paper short abstract:


Paper long abstract:

This paper focuses on structural changes taking place in French psychiatry and their relationship to normative and political realities in France, in the light of an equally significant psychiatric transition that took place in the 1970s. In the 70's, both psychiatrists and social scientists produced a critique of psychiatry based on the "old" model of the asylum, while the invention of a new mode of care, "the secteur", led to new politics. Analysing the rhetoric of the "crisis of psychiatry" in the 2000's, I will discuss how the reference to the slowly and unevenly implemented "secteur" as an ideal model of care confronts to new concepts, values and techniques, which appear as innovations. I will examine the impact of such confrontation on mental health practices by focusing on two features of psychiatry's contemporary politics in France: the patient's right and autonomy, and the diversification of treatment techniques.

E-paper: this Paper will not be presented, but read in advance and discussed

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