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The experience of illness (both mental and physical) figures prominently in the critical thought and activism of the 1960s and 1970s, though it is largely overshadowed by practices of sexuality. Lisa Diedrich explores how and why illness was indeed so significant to the social, political, and institutional transformation beginning in the ‘60s through the emergence of AIDS in the United States. A rich intervention—both theoretical and methodological, political and therapeutic—Indirect Action illuminates the intersection of illness, thought, and politics.

Not merely a revision of the history of this time period, Indirect Action expands the historiographical boundaries through which illness and health activism in the U.S. have been viewed. Diedrich explores the multiplicity illness-thought-politics through an array of subjects: queering the origin story of AIDS activism by recalling its feminist history; exploring health activism and the medical experience; analyzing psychiatry and self-help movements; thinking ecologically about counter-practices of generalism in science and medicine; and considering the experience and event of epilepsy and the witnessing of schizophrenia.

Indirect Action places illness in the leading role in the production of thought during the emergence of AIDS, ultimately showing the critical interconnectedness of illness and political and critical thought.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction: Illness-Thought-Activism
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. 1. Doing Queer Love, circa 1985
  2. pp. 17-44
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  1. Snapshot 1: Gregg Bordowitz’s The Order of Image Production (2003) and “Queer Structures of Feeling” (1993)
  2. pp. 45-52
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  1. 2. Que(e)rying the Clinic, circa 1970
  2. pp. 53-74
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  1. Snapshot 2: Félix Guattari’s “David Wojnarowicz” (1989)
  2. pp. 75-78
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  1. 3. Enacting Clinical Experience, circa 1963
  2. pp. 79-106
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  1. Snapshot 3: Samuel R. Delany’s Happening (1959)
  2. pp. 107-112
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  1. 4. Thinking Ecologically, circa 1962 and 1971
  2. pp. 113-132
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  1. Snapshot 4: Frantz Fanon’s “Colonial War and Mental Disorders” (1961) and Isaac Julien’s “Fanon” (1996)
  2. pp. 133-140
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  1. 5. Drawing Epilepsy
  2. pp. 141-166
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  1. Snapshot 5: Disability Law Center’s Investigation of Bridgewater State Hospital (2014) and Frederick Wiseman’s Titicut Follies (1967)
  2. pp. 167-172
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  1. 6. Witnessing Schizophrenia
  2. pp. 173-198
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  1. Afterimage: ACT UP’s “Drugs into Bodies,” the Near Present
  2. pp. 199-216
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 217-220
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 221-258
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  1. Bibliography
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  1. Index
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  1. About the Author
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781452952031
Related ISBN
9781517900014
MARC Record
OCLC
952139120
Pages
312
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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