Wilson Center Experts

Elisa M. Becker

Short-Term Grant
Kennan Institute

Expertise:
Russia and Eurasia
;
Russia
Affiliation:
Fellow, American Bar Foundation
Wilson Center Project(s):
Russian Psychiatric Debates
Term:
Oct 01, 1997
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Oct 01, 1997

Project Summary

examination of the theoretical and practical outlooks of forensic psychiatrists in late Imperial Russia, arguing that the dialogic interaction between the state and these professionals shaped processes of reform in contemporary Russia; the adaptation of scientific ideas within the Russian medical community, exploring the shift toward more biologically deterministic theories of human behavior, and relating this process to the autocratic culture in which forensic psychiatrists functioned.