Governing Bodies, Governing Subjectivities
- Lecture/Discussion: 3
This course examines how medicine/health institutions operate not merely as care-providers, but as powerful discursive and practical regulators of populations, behaviours and identifications (as legitimate or illegitimate). The course examines the ways in which medicine as an institution intersects with the mandates of education and the criminal justice system with potentially helpful, and potentially oppressive functions. The course introduces the problems of medical uncertainty and medical epistemologies with a view to the implications for how ordinary subjects identify themselves, and how our identifications can be altered through clinical encounters.