The production of the incest offender as a modern subject
Slaney, Kisane (2001) The production of the incest offender as a modern subject. PhD thesis, Murdoch University.
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In this thesis the reader is offered two perspectives in relation to the incest offender: the one as deviant individual and the other as invented self. The first perspective is rendered visible in the question invariably asked by each incest offender when he first enters treatment, namely, 'why did I do it?' This is a psychological question in which the Truth of the offender's deviance is sought in psychological explanations based upon a Western concept of the person. However, in this thesis it is how the incest offender has come to be situated within the Field of Sex Offender Treatment as a deviant individual that is the subject of investigation. Hence, it is behavioral and cognitive-behavioral psychology's intellectual technologies, such as its ways of seeing and diagnosing, and its inscription devices that enable norms to be established, evaluations to be carried out and judgements to be made in the Field of Sex Offender Treatment that are the subject of investigation. This thesis is also concerned with regimes of self-governance. This domain of ethics is also rendered visible in the above question in which the incest offender is seeking to know the Truth of his self by both judging himself and seeking to know how he should have regulated his behavior and how he should behave. Here this thesis both investigates the regimes of self-governance invented by behavioral and cognitive-behavioral psychology in order for the offender as deviant individual to gain mastery over himself, and also offers the perspective of an invented self through an investigation of the incest offender's regime of subjectification. That is, an investigation of the diversity of ways in which the incest offender has acted upon himself, evaluated his existence and given his life meaning, as well as the diversity of ways in which he has been opened up to interventions conducted in the name of subjectivity. These investigations of how the incest offender has produced a particular relation with himself as an invented self, and how the incest offender has come to be situated within the Field of Sex Offender Treatment as a deviant individual open up different possibilities. First, the possibility for different questions to be asked regarding cognitive-behavioral treatment techniques. Secondly, the possibility that as an invented self, the incest offender can choose to invent himself differently.
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