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Dawn Moore and Erin Donohue.  Law, Carlton, University

Consuming Justice: When Criminal Offenders become Pathological Clients

In this paper, we are keen to have a look at a character who, while not new to criminal justice, has nonetheless taken on a new form: the criminal client.  We are interested in this creature because her existence is not a mere convenience of correctional/therapeutic speak.  Instead, she flags the confluence of these two areas of thought, risk and consumption.  Our goal in this paper then is to use this figure as a means to understand how consumerism and risk overlie each other as a means of shaping a particular penal strategy and constituting the criminal/consumer through pathological identities.  We suggest that the client at the crossroads of risk and consumption is a unique kind of character, suffering particular pathologies and, as a result, able to weather political climes that may otherwise prove inhospitable to therapeutic enterprises.  In short, it is our assertion that the risky client is a particular manifestation of the deviant offender, one cobbled together in order to conform to increasingly neoconservative rationalities.


Panel: Reflections on the ‘Redevelopment of Riverview Psychiatric Hospital

(Presented in collaboration with Gallery Gachet and the 2008 World Mad Pride Biennale, One Flew West: Old Landmarks, New Topographies)

Marina Morrow.  Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University

Ann Pederson. BC Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre

Alain Lesage. Centre de recherche Fernand-Seguin Louis- H. Lafontaine Hospital, Montreal

Viviane Josewski, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University

Jules Smith. Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University

Lupin Battersby. Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University

Brenda Jamer. Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University

The psychiatric deinstitutionalization movement of the 60s held out the promise of a new approach to mental illness - one that would ‘return’ individuals to citizenship and independent lives. Since this time, deinstitutionalization in the Canadian context has continued to unfold but with new resources and new models of care in place.

The current policy of deinstitutionalization from RVH in BC is taking place in the context of a neo-liberal regime where the reduction of social resources and, in particular housing, really amounts to ‘re-institutionalization’ and a reinforcement of control and containment through the use of  psycho-pharmaceuticals. This policy shift and literal movement of people is taking place in the context of a burgeoning discourse of ‘self-

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