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dc.contributor.advisorHibbert, Neil
dc.creatorYork, Emma Dane 1993-
dc.date.accessioned2018-09-27T14:29:14Z
dc.date.available2018-09-27T14:29:14Z
dc.date.created2018-10
dc.date.issued2018-09-27
dc.date.submittedOctober 2018
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10388/11199
dc.description.abstractIn the aftermath of the Second World War and the many expressions of Fascist ideology that arose during this time period, many European philosophers explored the relationship between psychology, emotions, and politics. In analyzing Fascism, philosophers such as Erich Fromm, Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari, and Michel Foucault, focused on the social nature of psychology, and they also went a step further in connecting this analysis to the psychological “costs” of capitalism, up to and including Fascism. The threat of Fascism remains a contemporary concern, but a problem that arises in applying these critiques and understandings to psychology and politics today are new technologies, and the dominance of the bio-medical model of mental health. To understand the relevance of these authors today, this thesis first uses an epistemological approach to locate the bio-medical model as a theory of knowledge, and secondly, a historical approach is used to consider the common concern of Fascism that motivated these philosophers to delve into the connections between emotions, psychology, and politics. By threading these distinct approaches and motivations together, this thesis moves beyond simply an epistemological critique of positivism, but suggests that by framing mental health in this model we also discount the role of emotions in politics—which is even more crucial to understand in times of political-economic instability. As many places in Europe and North America see either a resurgence or reinvention of Fascist ideology and organizations, the causes and consequences of epidemic mental illness (panic, depression, anxiety, and addiction), become ever more necessary to examine, along with what makes a “sane society.”
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dc.subjectFascism
dc.subjectMental Health
dc.subjectPositivism
dc.subjectCritical Psychiatry
dc.subjectMichel Foucault
dc.subjectErich Fromm
dc.subjectGilles Deleuze
dc.subjectFélix Guattari
dc.titleDisorder: Contemporary Fascism and the Crisis in Mental Health
dc.typeThesis
dc.date.updated2018-09-27T14:29:14Z
thesis.degree.departmentPolitical Studies
thesis.degree.disciplinePolitical Science
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Saskatchewan
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts (M.A.)
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dc.contributor.committeeMemberDyck, Erika
dc.contributor.committeeMemberBanerjee, Kiran
dc.contributor.committeeMemberBell , Colleen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberFisher, Kirsten
dc.creator.orcid0000-0003-1040-2591


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