By Dušan I, Professor Bjelic
Normalizing the Balkans argues that, following the historic styles of colonial psychoanalysis and psychiatry in British India and French Africa in addition to Nazi psychoanalysis and psychiatry, the psychoanalysis and psychiatry of the Balkans throughout the Nineties deployed the language of psychic normality to symbolize the gap of the opposite as insane geography and to justify its army, or its symbolic, takeover.
Freud's self-analysis, motivated by way of his trips during the Balkans, was once a harbinger of orientalism as articulated by way of acknowledged. in spite of the fact that, while acknowledged meant Orientalism to be a critique of the historic building of the Orient by way of, and relating to, the West, for Freud it constituted a scientific and psychic fact. Freud’s self-orientalization turned the structural starting place of psychoanalytic language, which had tragic effects within the Balkans while a demonic conjunction constructed among the ingrained self-orientalizing constitution of psychoanalysis and the Balkans' personal propensity for self-orientalization. within the Nineties, within the ex-Yugoslav cultural house, psychoanalytic language was once utilized by the Serb psychiatrist-politicians Drs. Raškovic and Karadžic as conceptual justification for inter-ethnic violence. Kristeva's discourse on abject geography and Žižek's conceptualization of the Balkans because the actual have performed violence to the sector in an highbrow sign in on behalf of common subjectivity.
Following Gramsci’s and Said’s 'discourse-geography' Bjelic transmutes the psychoanalytic topos of the “imaginary geography” of the Balkans into the geopolitics inherent in psychoanalytic language itself, and takes to job the practices of normalization that underpin the Balkans’ politics of madness.
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Normalizing the Balkans: Geopolitics of Psychoanalysis and Psychiatry by Dušan I, Professor Bjelic