Madness and University

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In Madness and Civilization, Foucault takes us back through history to analyze how certain behaviors have been regulated by social paradigms. In particular he focuses on madness, and how the institution of asylums and ‘scientific cures’ contributed towards the repression of deviant behavior and self-disciplined ‘normalcy’..

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"Madness and University"or"Living in a State of the Current Regime of Discourse" Discuss and evaluate Foucault's "genealogical" account on the origins of the regime of discourse regarding madness. Is Foucault fully postmodern or does he still use a modernist method? Consider why a more radical postmodern, ie., Baudrillard, would argue that we should "forget Foucault" (ie., in what sense is he pass)?In Madness and Civilization, Foucault takes us back through history to analyze how certain behaviors have been regulated by social paradigms. In particular he focuses on madness, and how the institution of asylums and 'scientific cures' contributed towards the repression of deviant behavior and self-disciplined 'normalcy'. Perhaps Baudrillard's claim that Foucault is out of date stems from Foucault's historical focus, and its minimal discussion of postmodern themes, instead favoring a more Neitzchean account of social control? I would like to argue for Foucault's lasting relevance regarding social control, institutions and mental illness.Compare the institution of university to the asylums for the insane of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It's an extreme parallel to ma

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