Genetic Determinism, Psychiatry and Place

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Gildersleeve, Matthew and Crowden, Andrew. 2019. "Genetic Determinism, Psychiatry and Place." 27th European Congress of Psychiatry (EPA 2019). Warsaw, Poland 06 - 09 Apr 2019
Paper/Presentation Title

Genetic Determinism, Psychiatry and Place

Presentation TypePoster
AuthorsGildersleeve, Matthew (Author) and Crowden, Andrew (Author)
Number of Pages1
Year2019
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://archive.epa-congress.org/2019/Pages/default.html
Conference/Event27th European Congress of Psychiatry (EPA 2019)
Event Details
27th European Congress of Psychiatry (EPA 2019)
Event Date
06 to end of 09 Apr 2019
Event Location
Warsaw, Poland
Abstract

Background and Aims:
We review genetic determinism and highlight how our earlier research on psychoanalysis and the philosophy of place (see Gildersleeve, Crowden, 2018) can contribute to a better understanding of its relationship to psychiatry.

Methods:
We show how integrating place with psychoanalysis can undermine any philosophy of genetic determinism. We achieve this by demonstrating the prevalence of genetic determinism in the media, education and in debates on genetic modification. We also utilise research on the film GATTACA to conceptualise how place and genetic determinism contrast and why place coupled with psychiatry are an important antagonist to the ideology of genetic determinism.

Results:
By using our philosophy of place, our investigation highlights how psychiatry can contribute to a call for humanity to turn toward a 'collective being-at-home-in-the-world', instead of being estranged from place which the rhetoric of genetic determinism unconsciously but actively promotes.

Conclusions:
Our examination intends to integrate psychiatry into ongoing discussions about genetic determinism as they play out in the media, education and influence discrimination. We show something that has not been considered before. Specifically, our philosophy of place combined with psychoanalytic principles shows the potentially dangerous implications of genetic determinism. Fundamentally, we argue that genetic determinism leads to mental illness through the formation of psychopathological obstructive complexes because an individual is estranged from their authentic place in the world. We show the media and educational programs plays an important role in this and why scholars in these areas should consider place and genetic determinism alongside psychiatry in their future theoretical and practical endeavours.

Keywordsgenetic determinism; psychiatry; place; Gattaca
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020500310. Phenomenology
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Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Southern Queensland
University of Queensland
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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