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“It Hits Your Nerves and All Kinds of Hell Break Loose”. Psychological Distress of the Erased of Slovenia

Uršula Lipovec Čebron ; University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts, Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, Ljubljana, Slovenia

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The Erased residents of Slovenia comprise a group of 25,671 individuals, who found themselves without political, economic and social rights soon after Slovenia became independent. The present article discusses a number of aspects of economic and social exclusion of the Erased, as well as the impact of the mentioned exclusion on their bodies and state of mind. Amongst others, the incidence of živci (“upset nerves”) and živčnost (“nervousness”) as the embodied metaphor of socio-political and economic inequality brought about by the erasure is analyzed through a medical anthropological perspective.


Erased; consequences of erasure; health care; mental health; medical anthropology; Slovenia

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