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Revista Polis e Psique

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CUNDA, Mateus Freitas; ZANCHET, Lívia  and  CHASSOT, Carolina Seibel. Minor knowledge and academic profanation: the senses of experience. Rev. Polis Psique [online]. 2017, vol.7, n.2, pp. 153-175. ISSN 2238-152X.

This article proposes to discuss the relationship between academic-scientific knowledge and everyday, experiential, local knowledge. This relationship is usually organized by a static hierarchy, in which academic knowledge is valued and local knowledge is questioned or made invisible. We propose here to problematize this division through the investigation of the effects that occur when these different knowledges meet in an encounter and are open to mutual affectation. We discuss two researches carried out with "mental health users", in which they were also researchers, occupying places usually reserved for academics. From what these methodological strategies produced, it was possible to evidence the power tensions that go through the production of knowledge. We also see the power of deterritorialization of these "minor knowledges", which operate unexpected assemblages, destabilize established boundaries, and which, in their becoming-researchers, may profanate the academy and desacralize the production of knowledge.

Keywords : mental health service users; experience; research intervention.

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