Morales sacer: En undersøgelse af den psykiatriske praksis’ konstituering af den (u)myndige sindslidende

Christina Kristholm Jørgensen

Student thesis: Master thesis


The current word on everyone’s lips in Danish politics these days is the one of inclusion. As an advanced liberal welfare society the state must both guarantee freedom for all citizens and solidarity for those in need. Hence national strategies of inclusion of the delinquent citizen are being developed to insure that. With the extensive political focus on the self-evident need for inclusion of those traditionally excluded, the fundamental question of the boundaries between the sovereign power of the state and individual freedom emerges. This thesis thus pose the problem of ‘How the quest for freedom become entangled with strategies for inclusion regarding the tackling of delinquent citizens and how do they generate unfreedom in an advanced liberal welfare society such as the Danish?’ Taking point of departure in the Action Plan for the Danish psychiatry from 2014, the purpose of this thesis is to examine how this strategy of inclusion of the traditionally excluded mentally ill has as one of its constitutive effects the dismancipation of the very same subject. With the analysis of how psychiatric practices’ constitutes categories for (dis)emancipation of the mentally ill, the thesis seeks to make a diagnostic of the social order between liberal and sovereign power in advanced liberal welfare societies. By employing the Foucauldian notion of biopolitics and inscribing into it the Agambian concepts of bare life, homo sacer and state of exception, this thesis creates a unique analytical grasp for analysing the social order when liberal and sovereign powers work simultaneously.

EducationsMSocSc in Political Communication and Managment, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2015
Number of pages88