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Diffracting Trauma in the Global South between biology and culture / Difractar La Noción de Trauma en el Sur Global entre biología y cultura

Trauma is a concept with wide-ranging impact, moving out of limited psychiatric fields into the popular imagination and policy (Fassin 2009). Psychologists now accompany medical doctors in the wake of disasters, ranging from wildfires to war, bringing with them instruments to diagnose, measure, and treat victims. Feeding into neuropsychiatric research on the effects of trauma, epigenetic studies have established yet another …

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Techno-geographies of digital phenotyping in mental health research  

Can your phone keep you mentally well?

Developments in digital phenotyping have brought new attention to forms of behavioural data collection that capitalise on the apparent ubiquity of mobile phone use and the fact that many people are almost constantly connected to digital devices. A phenotype refers to observable characteristics understood to be shaped by genetics and/or the environment. Digital …

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Digital exclusions: mental health and digital life

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We are closing our series with a podcast that turns to the absences and missing voices emerging alongside Digital Psy; the lifeworlds and experiences of those not interpellated into digital care. In this podcast, we explore the notion of “digital exclusion”, commonly used to describe the challenges of digital participation in terms of a lack of devices or skills. Here, we approach digital exclusion as an empirical artifact and trace its edge through policy, care provision, technology design, and the everyday.  

The first part focuses on the UK, where we talk to a disability activist and share the highlights of a “theatre of the oppressed” workshop that took place in London. Collectively we produced artistic responses to the theme “digital exclusion” with people who experienced barriers to …

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Mapping Algorithmic Assumptions: Reflections from a Society for Psychological Anthropology roundtable

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Fritz Kahn, Der Mensch als Industriepalast, 1926. Detail. Image in public domain

Introduction: surveil, classify and predict
by Alexa Hagerty and Livia Garofalo

The works distilled by the authors and the discussion offered by Professor Emily Martin presented here were originally part of a roundtable at the Society for Psychological Anthropology 2021 biannual meeting. They seek to map the algorithmic …

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Turning Care Inside Out: The Occupied Clinic x Virulent Zones

Saiba Varma’s The Occupied Clinic begins with an entrance: descending from an auto-rickshaw, she walks in through the Kathi Darwaza gate into old Srinagar, on foot now, passing “imperial debris” on the way to the clinic: the Government Psychiatric Diseases Hospital, Kashmir. Inside the clinic, it’s a busy Saturday, with crowds of patients seeking appointments with the few psychiatrists on …

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The Empty Hearts and Kinship Correlates of China’s Psy Fever

In her new book Anxious China, Li Zhang documents the rise of “psy fever” in the 21st-century China, as manifested in the widespread use of psychotherapeutic knowledge and techniques by the country’s middle-class citizens to understand and remake themselves. Traversing diverse spaces ranging from clinics to companies, from universities to militaries, Zhang shows us that psychotherapies, though imported from …

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