Beside-the-mind: an unsettling, reparative reading of paranoia

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Liebert, R. 2017. Beside-the-mind: an unsettling, reparative reading of paranoia. Subjectivity. 10 (1), pp. 123-145.
AuthorsLiebert, R.
Abstract

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.

KeywordsCoatlicue; Decolonization; Imagination; Paranoia; Reparative
JournalSubjectivity
Journal citation10 (1), pp. 123-145
ISSN1755-6341
1755-635X
Year2017
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
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
Publication dates
Print06 Mar 2017
Publication process dates
Deposited07 Jul 2017
Accepted28 Nov 2016
Copyright informationThe 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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