Beside-the-mind: an unsettling, reparative reading of paranoia
Liebert, R. 2017. Beside-the-mind: an unsettling, reparative reading of paranoia. Subjectivity. 10 (1), pp. 123-145.
Having undertaken a critical analysis of a transnational program of research to identify and intervene on the prodrome, a pre-psychotic state, here I experiment with an unsettling, reparative reading of its affective coils—paranoia. Etymologically joining para (beside) with nous (mind), “paranoia” denotes an experience beside-the-mind. I attempt to follow these roots, meeting a non-human figure—Coatlicue—as introduced through Chicana philosopher and poet, Gloria Anzaldúa. In the arms of this goddess, the prodrome points to the vitality and the milieu of paranoia, re-turning it as a capacity, calling for modes of attunement and apprenticeship, and perhaps protecting our psychological and political practices against yet another operation of colonialist capture. Challenging the subject, interlocutors, and form typically adopted by not just Psychology but Affect Studies too, I hope in this performative essay to also lift up the problems and possibilities of Walter Mignolo’s ‘border thinking’ as a means to open the potential decoloniality, and thus response-ability, of these fields within the present political moment.
|Keywords||Coatlicue; Decolonization; Imagination; Paranoia; Reparative|
|Journal citation||10 (1), pp. 123-145|
|Accepted author manuscript|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1057/s41286-016-0015-5|
|Web address (URL)||https://doi.org/10.1057/s41286-016-0015-5|
|06 Mar 2017|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||07 Jul 2017|
|Accepted||28 Nov 2016|
|Copyright information||The definitive publisher-authenticated version, Liebert, R.J. Subjectivity (2017) 10: 123-145, is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1057/s41286-016-0015-5|
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