Nancy Scheper-Hughes


From: Andrew Phelps [S-ACC]


Cc: Friends

Subject: [S-ACC] projects with truth

Date: Sunday, October 12, 2014, 3:53 PM



The way forward for the client/survivor movement that is being promoted by the politics of Orlando Alternatives and projects like "Creative Conversations" - "Every Mind Matters" seems to accommodate the system that obtains. One should, I argue, rather attempt foremost to transform the system of behavior management oppression that is the lived experience we engage.

Each of us - as I've seen that - strives to do real, "socially accountable" activities that promote social change in aspects of the oppression. And doing so in a collaborative manner - like meaningful participation in Alternative - becomes increasingly difficult, although some manage to persist.

This Tuesday I have organized a speaking presentation for U.C. Berkeley medical anthropologist Nancy Scheper-Hughes at my workplace, De Anza College, in Cupertino, CA. HERE. The immediate concern is working to change the dialogue frame on campus from "mental illness" to "madness" - we are bringing forward also Foucault's "clinical gaze critique" to help with the deconstruction of behavior management as that is currently practiced in the academic context there.

People who happen to be "in the neighborhood" may attend the event. I'd also be happy to hear of "projects with truth" that others are currently involved with. [!]