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Science and Emotions after 1945A Transatlantic Perspective$
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Frank Biess and Daniel M. Gross

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226126340

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226126517.001.0001

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Feeling for the Protest Faster

Feeling for the Protest Faster

How the Self-Starving Body Influences Social Movements and Global Medical Ethics

(p.239) Nine Feeling for the Protest Faster
Science and Emotions after 1945

Nayan B. Shah

University of Chicago Press

This chapter addresses the (self) management of emotions among hunger strikers in the 20th century as well as the medical and psychiatric responses to the self-starving body. Covering hunger strikes by Gandhi in colonial India of the 1930s, by Ceasar Chavez's in the US West in the 1960s, and by detainees in apartheid South Africa during the 1980s, the essay represents a case study of the ways in which intense emotions were kept at bay in passionate and existential political conflicts. The essay highlights the significance of the informed consent doctrine in defining medical ethics in the postwar period. It also discusses more recent research regarding the psychological impact of starvation, which ultimately calls into question the model of the autonomous, rational self capable of making informed decisions about his/her own well-being. In this sense, the essay also links the history of emotions to the history of changing conceptions of the self.

Keywords:   hunger strikes, informed consent, personhood, South Africa, India, medicine, psychology, starvation

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