A study of marginalization, mental illness, illiteracy, and poverty : the problematics of intervention

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Guillermina Elissondo (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
David E. Purpel

Abstract: This dissertation explores some of the causes of the marginalization of mental patients, illiterates, and poor students by the institutions designed to help them. It focuses on the organization of educational and medical institutions in Europe, the United States, and latin America. Michel Foucault's persuasive analysis of European institutions in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries is used to look at institutions in the Western Hemisphere. Often institutions have tended to produce discourses of social and individual control. This dissertation proposes two alternatives to counteract those narratives that are part of the Latin America of the sixties and early seventies. The contributions of Paulo Freire in education and Enrique Pichon-Riviere in psychoanalysis are examined as major proposals addressing the needs of peasants and mental patients during that time. Both viewed the analysis of culture as an important component of their pedagogies. As a result, they incorporated the analysis of daily life into their practices.

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Language: English
Date: 1994
Marginality, Social $x Moral and ethical aspects
Marginality, Social $x History $y 20th century
Control (Psychology) $x Political aspects

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