This article advances a material-semiotic approach in order to think with Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and the use of psychostimulant medication. Drawing from an ethnography centered around the practices enacted in two schools in Santiago, we argue that a pragmatic, relational and posthuman approach extends the analysis to different processes and dynamics about how children diagnosed with ADHD, medication, their peers, teachers and others human and non-human actors co-affect each other, thus enacting particular versions of the diagnose and of the medication's effects. Therefore, we argue for the need to relocate the discussion to avoid binaries that have trapped the reflections about how children affect and are affected by biomedical knowledges and "psy" practices. Particularly, we question the idea that subjectivity and psychostimulants are forcefully antagonist agents, since in practice, they both co-exist, co-affecting each other, producing creative and emergent elements, as revealed by our fieldnotes and ethnographic interviews.
|Translated title of the contribution||Pharmacological subjectifications: Attention deficit disorder, psychostimulants and school practices in two schools in santiago, chile|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|
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