The life of the undead: Biopower, Latino anxiety and the epidemiological paradox


Journal Article

This article studies the dense interconnections between biopower, psychoanalysis, psychology and theories of Latino/a health and disease in the context of the ubiquitous claim heard nowadays regarding the so-called inevitable early twenty-first-century Latinization of the United States. How do we, the author asks, understand the theories of Latino/a health, disease, normality and pathology emerging out of epidemiological research on Latino/as and out of the professional psychotherapeutic literature on Latino/as within the broader interpretive horizon of US biopolitical practices that both manage and incite life? This paper explores this question by paying specific attention to the diagnosis of “anxiety” in the psychotherapeutic literature on Latino/as and to the conundrum in epidemiological research on Latino/a health referred to as the “epidemiological paradox.” © 2009 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Viego, A

Published Date

  • January 1, 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 19 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 131 - 147

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1748-5819

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0740-770X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/07407700903034113

Citation Source

  • Scopus