Brexit Anxiety:A Case Study in the Medicalization of Dissent

Degerman, Dan (2019) Brexit Anxiety:A Case Study in the Medicalization of Dissent. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 22 (7). pp. 823-840. ISSN 1369-8230

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Abstract

This paper illustrates how concepts of mental disorder have been deployed to medicalize negative emotions and, thereby, weaken the political agency of some individuals. First, I theorise the link between political agency and emotions, arguing that effective political action entails the transformation of emotions into public issues. Using the British referendum on membership in the EU as a case study, I then examine how medically loaded terms and rhetoric were used to describe suffering after the vote. Finally, I argue that this generated conditions that interrupted or even reversed the transformation of subjective experiences into politically meaningful issues.

Item Type:
Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy
Additional Information:
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy on 15/02/2018, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13698230.2018.1438334
Uncontrolled Keywords:
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90148
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Deposited On:
05 Feb 2018 09:34
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Yes
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Published
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03 Jun 2020 04:46