Tam, Louise

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B.A., Women's an Gender Studies, University of Toronto, 2010

M.A., Sociology in Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education University of Toronto (OISE/UT), 2012

Research Interests

History of the psy sciences; constructions of mental disorder; social organization of mental health; technologies of the self; racial governmentality; Foucauldian genealogy; autoethnography; institutional ethnography; critical theories of race, class, and disability.

Biographical Notes

Louise Tam grew up in Toronto, Canada. It was through her experiences in the psychiatric survivor and Mad communities that she became interested in Disability Studies and Medical Sociology. In her Master's thesis, titled "Governing Through Competency: Race, Pathologization, and the Limits of Mental Health Outreach," she examines how cultural competency, a discourse of diversity and health equity, operates as a regime of governmentality in the community needs assessments of two cross-cultural mental health agencies in Toronto. She troubles the assumption that it is the patient's perception, as opposed to the everyday reality, of discrimination that produces negative bodily outcomes. Louise is a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellow.

Her publications include chapters in the edited collections "Too Asian?" Racism, Privilege, and Post-Secondary Education (Between the Lines) and Mad Matters: A Critical Reader in Canadian Mad Studies (Canadian Scholar's Press). See her most recent journal article on neurasthenia and cross-cultural psychology here.

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