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Mental Health in the War on Terror: Culture, Science, and Statecraft

Neil Aggarwal


This book finds that mental-health and biomedical professionals have created new forms of knowledge and practice in their desire to understand and fight terrorism. In the process, the state has used psychiatrists and psychologists to furnish knowledge on undesirable populations, and psychiatrists and psychologists have protected state interests. Professional interpretation, like all interpretations, is subject to cultural forces. Drawing on cultural psychiatry and medical anthropology, the book analyzes the transformation of definitions for normal and abnormal behavior in a vast array of sourc ... More

Keywords: mental-health professionals, biomedical professionals, terrorism, professional interpretation, cultural forces, bioethical debates, counterterrorism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780231166645
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231166645.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Neil Aggarwal, author