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Disalienation: Politics, Philosophy, and Radical Psychiatry in Postwar France

Camille Robcis


This book traces the intersections of politics, philosophy, and radical psychiatry in twentieth-century France. It focuses on a psychiatric movement called “institutional psychotherapy” which had an important influence on many intellectuals and activists, including François Tosquelles, Jean Oury, Felix Guattari, Frantz Fanon, Georges Canguilhem, and Michel Foucault. Anchored in Marxism and Lacanian psychoanalysis, institutional psychotherapy advocated a fundamental restructuring of the asylum in order to transform the theory and practice of psychiatric care. More broadly, for many of these thi ... More

Keywords: institutional psychotherapy, radical psychiatry, psychoanalysis, François Tosquelles, Frantz Fanon, Félix Guattari, Michel Foucault, Jacques Lacan, anti-psychiatry, 20th century French philosophy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780226777603
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226777887.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Camille Robcis, author
Columbia University