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Vita Life in a Zone of Social Abandonment

Author: João Biehl; Torben Eskerod
Publisher: Berkeley University of California Press 2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : Document   Computer File : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Zones of social abandonment are emerging everywhere in Brazil's big cities-places like Vita, where the unwanted, the mentally ill, the sick, and the homeless are left to die. This haunting, unforgettable story centers on a young woman named Catarina, increasingly paralyzed and said to be mad, living out her time at Vita. Anthropologist João Biehl leads a detective-like journey to know Catarina; to unravel the  Read more...
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Material Type: Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: João Biehl; Torben Eskerod
ISBN: 9780520242777 0520242777 9780520938236 0520938232
OCLC Number: 923536195
Description: 1 online resource (416 p.)
Contents: Introduction: "Dead alive, dead outside, alive inside" PART ONE. VITA A Zone of Social Abandonment The Politics of Death Citizenship PART TWO. CATARINA AND THE ALPHABET The Life of the Mind A Society of Bodies Brazil Ex-Human The House and the Animal "Love is the illusion of the abandoned" Social Psychosis An Illness of Time God, Sex, and Agency PART THREE. THE MEDICAL ARCHIVE A Deadening Language Schizophrenia The Right to Health and Psychiatric Reform Life Determinations Catarina and Medical Science No Human Relations Dead Voices The House of Mental Health The Model City An Epidemic of Mental Illness "I am like this because of life" The Typical Symptom Pharmaceutical Abandonment PART FOUR. THE FAMILY Unused Words A Medical Visit Semblance The Fraternal Tie The In-Laws and Ex-Husband A Family Business The Pharmakos Temporality PART FIVE. BIOLOGY AND ETHICS Reason Jurisprudence and Morality Currency The Biological Complex The Family Tree A Genetic Population A Lost Chance PART SIX. THE DICTIONARY "Underneath was this, which I do not attempt to name" Book I Book II Book III Book IV Book V Book VI Book VII Book VIII Book IX Book X Book XI Book XII Book XIII Book XIV Book XV Book XVI Book XVII Book XVIII Book XIX Conclusion: "A way to the words" Postscript: "I am part of the origins, not just of language, but of people" Acknowledgments Notes Bibliography Index

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"Joao Biehl's "Vita" is a greatly arresting work. The tale of Catarina is one that haunts the reader. This book's central character is sure to become an anthropological classic, her humanity  Read more...

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