The psychiatric power of neo-liberal citizenship: The North Korean human rights crisis, North Korean settlers, and incompetent citizens
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- The psychiatric power of neo-liberal citizenship: The North Korean human rights crisis, North Korean settlers, and incompetent citizens
- Sung, MinKyu
- Citizenship; Human rights; Neo-liberal; North Korea; Psychiatry; Refugees
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- ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS
- CITIZENSHIP STUDIES, v.14, no.2, pp.127 - 144
- This essay discusses how North Korean settlers in South Korea are engaged in the rubric of neo-liberal citizenship to program the idea of an enterprise of free and autonomous selves. I call into question the psychiatric intervention in the North Korean population deprived of psychological capacities to be autonomous and responsible for their social life. My argument is that the psychiatric diagnosis of strange mental properties presents the criteria of successful assimilation as an antidote to the psychological oppression that North Korean settlers must have experienced, encouraging the South Korean public to tolerate the social deviance of these settlers.
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