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Revista Polis e Psique

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LEMOS, Flavia Cristina Silveira; GOMES, Geise do Socorro Lima; OLIVEIRA, Paulo de Tarso Ribeiro de  and  GALINDO, Dolores Cristina Gomes. Medicalization and normalization of society. Rev. Polis Psique [online]. 2020, vol.10, n.3, pp. 77-97. ISSN 2238-152X.

This article is a thematic and theoretical essay on the practices of medicalization, based on Michel Foucault's analysis of the powers and knowledges of discipline and biopolitics, in a field of bio-history and the normalization of society. The text presents some aspects that support processes of medicalization through the pathological rationality of bodies and social, cultural and subjective relations. The docilization of existence and the management of life became part of the calculations in biopower, becoming devices of governance of the conduct in contemporary society. Governing life in the name of expanding it and increasing health implies a permanent act of organizing their bodies and their health, according to the state's health points.

Keywords : Medicalization; Biopower; Standard; Society; Government.

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