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FIALHO, LAna Luísa Lana Pinto  and  MARCOS, Cristina Moreira. HPV vaccination and the symptom: approaches between Foucault and psychoanalysis. Psicol. rev. (Belo Horizonte) [online]. 2018, vol.24, n.1, pp. 343-359. ISSN 1677-1168.

This study aims to establish an interconnection between Foucault’s biopolitics and the Psychoanalysis, based on a master degree research inserted in the Psychology Post-Graduate Program at the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas State (PUC Minas). It explores two guiding axes of the research: public HPV vaccination policies in Brazil and psychoanalytic theory. Three main points lead the research: several girls presented unexpected post-vaccine symptoms: paralysis in the legs, difficulties to move around, fainting and collective fainting. Mothers created virtual communities to protest against the HPV vaccine, causing a negative reaction against the vaccine it and leading to a large reduction in the adherence to the campaign. The progress of the research led us to question the effectiveness of the campaigns, through the analysis of the mothers’ discourse, the official reports and the mother’s statements in the virtual groups developing an overview based on Foucault and psychoanalysis. The symptom seems to cause a failure in the ideal of the biopolitics.

Keywords : Vaccination; Symptom; Biopower; Freud; Foucault.

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