The snail’s strategy. Notes on the closing of Judicial Psychiatric Hospitals in Italy

Author/s Ciro Tarantino
Publishing Year 2015 Issue 2015/3 Language Italian
Pages 17 P. 447-463 File size 97 KB
DOI 10.3280/PU2015-003008
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The management of madness has always been a matter of spaces. The most extreme of these places - the places that in the last quarter of XIX century were created in Italy as Judicial Psychiatric Hospitals - have recently seen an ambiguous attempt of being closed down. The real possibilities of closing these Hospitals and the various steps of the complex legislation on this issue are described and discussed. Any modification of these places at the border of our "norma"" identity implies a redefinition of social meaning, of the boundaries of human condition and of the hierarchical orders. The destiny of these marginal places, then, preserves the codes of social order and of its future.

Keywords: Judicial Psychiatric Hospitals, closing of Judicial Psychiatric Hospitals, social order, social dangerousness, infamy

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Ciro Tarantino, Dibattiti. Sulla chiusura degli Ospedali Psichiatrici Giudiziari (OPG) / La strategia della lumaca. Appunti sulla dismissione degli Ospedali Psichiatrici Giudiziari in "PSICOTERAPIA E SCIENZE UMANE" 3/2015, pp 447-463, DOI: 10.3280/PU2015-003008