Personality and Dangerousness: Genealogies of Antisocial by David McCallum

By David McCallum

Tracing the heritage of the class of delinquent character ailment, this learn finds its emergence is associated with specific types of governing, instead of just to advances within the human sciences or a method of social keep watch over. David McCallum examines key criminal and institutional advancements in Australia, the U.K, and the U.S. in addition to parallel advancements inside of psychiatry and mental drugs. employing a social theoretical research to this fabric, he demanding situations our assumptions concerning the formation and regulate thoughts of dangerousness and character.

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These perspectives on knowledge and power do seem to imply that it is possible to conceive of psychiatric and psychological knowledges as potentially free of and unsullied by the effects of power. 87 In contrast to the accounts outlined above, the emphasis in this study is on the positive and productive effects of power in the way it carves out new locations for rule, rather than power being conceived as camou¯aging and mystifying existing realities, or as the crushing of truths and repression of rights.

99 Foucault has argued that psychiatry came into its own during the nineteenth century through its undertaking to provide an explanation for the inexplicable monstrous crime. The notion of homicidal mania allowed psychiatry to intervene in the justice system by suggesting that the basis of dangerousness lay in the social body, conceived of as having a biological reality which required the intervention of medicine. Once the focus of the penal system had tilted away from the crime and more towards the criminal, and the problem was to reveal the antecedents of dangerousness in the body of the individual, questions of causality came to be applied across a range of infractions which demanded psychiatric intervention.

These perspectives on knowledge and power do seem to imply that it is possible to conceive of psychiatric and psychological knowledges as potentially free of and unsullied by the effects of power. 87 In contrast to the accounts outlined above, the emphasis in this study is on the positive and productive effects of power in the way it carves out new locations for rule, rather than power being conceived as camou¯aging and mystifying existing realities, or as the crushing of truths and repression of rights.

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