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The medicalization of the Education: an epistemological study about the psychiatrization process in the society of discipline and control

Grant number: 12/16151-5
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): October 01, 2012
Effective date (End): January 20, 2016
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Psychology - Social Psychology
Principal Investigator:Hélio Rebello Cardoso Júnior
Grantee:Murilo Galvão Amancio Cruz
Host Institution: Faculdade de Ciências e Letras (FCL-ASSIS). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Assis. Assis , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):13/18862-9 - Epistemological considerations for the study of the medicalization process: an immersion in Canguilhem's philosophy, BE.EP.IC


The childhood medicalization process is characterized to reduce social questions to a single knowledge and area: medicine. The purpose of this research is to connect the subjectivation process of childhood to disciplinary society and society of control focusing on the topic of Child Mental Health, especially from the classification manual of mental disorders emphasizing the medicalization and patologization processes of childhood behaviors and discuss the banalization of the diagnostics to childhood and thinking how the philosophy of Deleuze/Guattari and Foucault may contribute to understanding about these pathological phenomena. Today, the children that escape to patterns stated by medicine and school are captured by psychiatric medical knowledge, with the influence of statistical classifications, and they are considered diseased. There is no question that these children suffer and express a conflict that is being silenced and untreated, and instead of considering a collective problem, this is treated as an individual problem. The problematic nature of contemporary subjectivity is not seen as "an expression of time and the body", but as a disease to be controlled by medication that tames the child and brings it closer to the midpoint standard. Therefore, in the disciplinary society and in the society of control, the child has affected his creative powers, his body should be transformed into a docile body, and if the child is not easily molded to the discipline, becomes a body endangered, susceptible to control by a diagnosis that damage their potential.(AU)

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