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Un « alien » dans le cerveau. Expérience sociale de la maladie mentale et idiome naturaliste des neurosciences

Abstract : In this article, I explore the anthropological questions raised by the diffusion of the neuroscience naturalistic discourse in contemporary societies and the new possibilities offered to individuals to think about and to define themselves through the brain and its functioning. For this purpose, I describe how people suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder use cognitive or biological discourses to explain their disease experience. These explanations can be seen as an idiom opening a set of actions that allows people to take control of their trajectory, to modify their environment, and to negotiate the disease and its constraints. More than a new form of life built on biological basis, this language is part of a broader framework, which spreads it echoing health democracy and political and ethical ideals of empowerment. All of this helps in shaping an individual suffering from a psychiatric disorder who could act on his brain in order to control his health and regain the community of citizens
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Baptiste Moutaud. Un « alien » dans le cerveau. Expérience sociale de la maladie mentale et idiome naturaliste des neurosciences. Anthropologie et Santé, OpenEdition, 2015, Autour du virus Ebola, ⟨10.4000/anthropologiesante.1879⟩. ⟨hal-03479132⟩

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