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Estudos de Psicologia (Natal)

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ZAMBILLO, Marciana; PALOMBINI, Analice de Lima  and  ECKER, Daniel Dall'Igna. The paradoxes of government 'benefits' in individual considered incapable: biopolitics and mental health. Estud. psicol. (Natal) [online]. 2018, vol.23, n.4, pp. 416-426. ISSN 1413-294X.

This essay aims to discuss the paradoxes of government 'benefits', given to individuals considered incapable of work, due to some diagnosis in mental health. For this, use the concept of Biopolitics, proposed by Michel Foucault, in opposition to reports of users of mental health services. Through these experiences, analyze impasses produced between the principles of the brazilian Psychiatric Reform and the methods used by the social security programs to guarantee benefits. In the discussion, it is pointed out that the rights paradox becomes even more intense when the emancipatory claims in the field of subjectivity are located in a society in which the Social Rights, foreseen in Constitution, were not won by the majority of the brazilian population. Thus, if the benefits are paradoxical, it is also because a large part of the population does not have guaranteed rights and needs to obtain food, shelter, health, among others, at the expense of maintaining pathologies as justification for ensure rights.

Keywords : mental health; employment; social security; biopolitics.

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