Article ID: CBB604058154

Socialising the Anti-Social: Psychopathy, Psychiatry and Social Engineering in Finland, 1945–1968 (2017)

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This article argues that in Finland during the two decades after the Second World War, the diagnosis of psychopathy represented a failed attempt to adjust ‘difficult’ individuals to the social order. Discussing the social and medical character of the diagnosis, we examine psychopathy using the analytic and historical framework of social engineering in post-war Finland. We utilise patient records, official documents and psychiatric publications and analyse the diagnostic uses of psychopathy and its associations with social maladjustment. We also address the question of how mental health care in the less-developed northern part of Finland grappled with behavioural deviance, and especially with behaviour deemed ‘anti-social’. Contextualising psychopathy as a marker of individual disorganisation within the development of social organisation, this article contributes to historical scholarship that maps mental disorders onto the historical development of the nation.

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Authors & Contributors
Stucchi-Portocarrero, Santiago
Matsubayashi, Kozo
Daker, Mauricio V.
Okumiya, Kiyohito
Parhi, Katariina
Campbell, Morag Allan
Journals
History of Psychiatry
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Social History of Medicine
Journal of the History of the Neurosciences
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
History of Psychology
Publishers
Yale University Press
University of Chicago Press
Pickering & Chatto
Johns Hopkins University Press
Grand Central Publishing
Brill
Concepts
Mental disorders and diseases
Psychiatry
Diagnosis
Psychology
Therapeutic practice; therapy; treatment
Philosophy of medicine
People
Rosenhan, David
Esquirol, Jean Étienne Dominique
Watson, John Broadus
Wagner-Jauregg, Julius von
Time Periods
20th century, late
19th century
20th century
21st century
Early modern
Ancient
Places
United States
Peru
Scotland
Turkey
Greece
Germany
Institutions
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)
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