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No Asylum

State Psychiatric Repression in the Former USSR

  • Theresa C. Smith
  • Thomas A. Oleszczuk

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Theresa C. Smith, Thomas A. Oleszczuk
    Pages 1-43
  3. Theresa C. Smith, Thomas A. Oleszczuk
    Pages 65-73
  4. Theresa C. Smith, Thomas A. Oleszczuk
    Pages 74-91
  5. Theresa C. Smith, Thomas A. Oleszczuk
    Pages 92-121
  6. Theresa C. Smith, Thomas A. Oleszczuk
    Pages 173-200
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 201-290

About this book

Introduction

No Asylum is a quantitative assessment of the incidence of state repression via the peculiar institution of forced psychiatric hospitalization of evidently healthy Soviet dissidents. The book explains who was targeted and why, as the State used psychiatry to attempt to deflect, defuse, discredit or destroy the multifaceted dissident movement. Although new detentions virtually ceased as the Union fragmented, it is too early to write an epitaph for psychiatric abuse: political use of psychiatry could be revived in Russia.

Keywords

nation Russia Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR)

Authors and affiliations

  • Theresa C. Smith
    • 1
  • Thomas A. Oleszczuk
    • 2
  1. 1.Minnesota State UniversityMankatoUSA
  2. 2.Stern School of BusinessNew York UniversityUSA

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