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Estudos e Pesquisas em Psicologia

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EMERIM, Marcele de Freitas  and  SOUZA, Mériti de. The (im)possible and necessary testimony of the insane offender. Estud. pesqui. psicol. [online]. 2013, vol.13, n.1, pp. 139-151. ISSN 1808-4281.

The aim of this article is to observe the so-called "insane offenders", namely the internals for security reasons in one of Brazilian's HCTPs - Portuguese acronym for Custody and Psychiatric Treatment Hospitals - and to retrieve their testimonies and their experiences. In it we describe Brazil's HCTP emergency sector's working conditions and their similarities and divergences when it comes to the criticism of legal guardianship system. We rely on the theoretical framework of Foucault, Derrida and Agamben to discuss the ways by which insane offenders have been denied a speech and considered to lead bare, non-expendable lives. We point out to the conditions that must be matched in order to retrieve insane offenders' testimonies and thus validate their speech.

Keywords : Testimony; Insane offender; Custody hospital; HCTPs; Foucault; Derrida.

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