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Pathological Identities
Pathological identities

In previous chapters we have considered how ‘madness’ can be historically located and constituted within discourses of difference. In this chapter we want to consider the way in which types of identity are constructed in relation to psychopathological categories, and here we will be examining the identities that are constructed around the legal and clinical category of psychopathy. We will trace the category of psychopathy as it emerged in the context of the UK and locate its origins as part of the succession of typologies that followed the discursive construction of the issue of dangerousness (Foucault, 1978). In this way we will be tracing the evolution of the category as a set of texts and will be focusing upon some of the ...

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