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Fitness to stand trial : how discourses of rationality, reasonableness and culpability inform the law and psychiatry to create standards of normal

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dc.contributor.author Toetenel, Jody
dc.date.accessioned 2010-10-26T14:57:11Z
dc.date.available 2010-10-26T14:57:11Z
dc.date.issued 2010-10-26
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10464/3042
dc.description.abstract The objective of this thesis is to demonstrate the importance of the concepts of rationality, reasonableness, culpability and autonomy that inform and support our conception of both the person and the punishable subject. A critical discourse analysis tracing these concepts through both the law and psychological tools used to evaluate the fitness of a person reveals that these concepts and their implied values are inconsistently applied to the mentally disordered who come into conflict with the law. I argue that the result of this inconsistency compromises a person's autonomy which is a contradiction to this concept as a foundational principle of the law. Ultimately, this thesis does not provide a solution to be employed in policy making, but its analysis leaves open possibilities for further exploration into the ways legal and social justice can be reconciled. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Brock University en_US
dc.subject Competency to stand trial en_US
dc.subject Insanity (Law) en_US
dc.title Fitness to stand trial : how discourses of rationality, reasonableness and culpability inform the law and psychiatry to create standards of normal en_US
dc.type Electronic Thesis or Dissertation en_US
dc.degree.name M.A. Social Justice and Equity Studies en_US
dc.degree.level Masters en_US
dc.contributor.department Social Justice and Equity Studies Program en_US
dc.degree.discipline Faculty of Social Sciences en_US


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