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Law, Psychiatry and Antisocial Personality Disorder: A Problem of Government

David McCallum

This article explores how the conceptual terrain for thinking and acting on the problem of the dangerous individual is the product of governmental attempts to know and understand persons. It suggests that knowledge of particular types of persons is made possible by means of a complexity of interrelations between law and psychiatry and the institutional spaces in which they operate, rather than the happen-chance discoveries of the human sciences or essential properties of persons described in law or medicine.

(1998) 15(1) Law in Context 29

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