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Democratic Dissent, Vol. 24 - 2017, No. 3

Guest Edited by Robert L. Ivie and Oscar Giner

Dissent, Protest and Resistance: Discourses of Contestation and Mental Healthcare in Buenos Aires

, pages: 218-234

The aim of this article is to analyse the concept of “dissent” under the light of political practice in Argentina. I propose a critical theoretical position, which differentiates different discourse practices of contestation: resistance, dissent and protest. After a theoretical discussion regarding the difference between actors and contestation discourse practices, I argue the need for an empirical approach to political discourse theory. Hence, I analyse discourses of resistance, dissent and protest in the process of emergence, discussion and (non-)appliance of the National Law of Mental Health in Argentina.

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