Camille Robcis, Disalienation: Politics, Philosophy, and Radical Psychiatry in Postwar France – University of Chicago Press, May 2021 and discussion

Another discussion of this book at the New Books Network – https://newbooksnetwork.com/disalienation

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Camille Robcis, Disalienation: Politics, Philosophy, and Radical Psychiatry in Postwar France – University of Chicago Press, May 2021

There is a discussion of the book here.

From 1940 to 1945, forty thousand patients died in French psychiatric hospitals. The Vichy regime’s “soft extermination” let patients die of cold, starvation, or lack of care. But in Saint-Alban-sur-Limagnole, a small village in central France, one psychiatric hospital attempted to resist. Hoardingfood with the help of the local population, the staff not only worked to keep patients alive but began to rethink the practical and theoretical bases of psychiatric care. The movement that began at Saint-Alban came to be known as institutional psychotherapy and would go on to have a profound influence on postwar French thought.

InDisalienation, Camille Robcis grapples with the historical, intellectual, and psychiatric meaning of the ethics articulated at Saint-Alban by exploring the movement’s key thinkers, including…

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