For Body, Mind and the Nation: An Archaeology of Modern Japanese Psychiatry

  title={For Body, Mind and the Nation: An Archaeology of Modern Japanese Psychiatry},
  author={Bernhard Leitner},
  journal={Vienna Journal of East Asian Studies},
  pages={111 - 138}
Abstract This paper reassesses the history of psychiatry in Japan through application of the theory of disciplinary power by Michel Foucault. The society of the early Meiji era (1868-1912) is defined as a disciplinary society within the scope of discourses on punishment and general social reforms. By focussing on a close reading of both canonical and marginalised fragments of psychiatric texts, this analysis reveals their constitutive character for the establishment of psychiatric discourses… Expand


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