Aliens and Alienists: Ethnic Minorities and Psychiatry

Overview

In this extensively revised edition of a highly influential work, the authors assess the psychological consequences of migration and prejudice for groups as diverse as West Indians, Turkish Cypriots and Hasidic Jews. Combining the theoretical perspectives of psychiatry

and social anthropology, they examine the epidemiology of mental ill health among ethnic minorities and black Britons, and conclude that mental illness can be an intelligible response to disadvantage and ...

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Overview

In this extensively revised edition of a highly influential work, the authors assess the psychological consequences of migration and prejudice for groups as diverse as West Indians, Turkish Cypriots and Hasidic Jews. Combining the theoretical perspectives of psychiatry

and social anthropology, they examine the epidemiology of mental ill health among ethnic minorities and black Britons, and conclude that mental illness can be an intelligible response to disadvantage and prejudice. The new concluding chapter to this standard text reviews the development

of transcultural psychiatry in Britain and summarizes recent changes in the administration of the Mental Health Act. The authors illustrate how the racist bias that exists in psychiatric theory and diagnosis has resulted in inadequate and poorly-researched treatment of patients from

ethnic minorities, and argue that endemic prejudices should be examined and challenged by professionals engaged in treating and caring for the mentally ill.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415157247
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/1997
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the third edition
Acknowledgements
1 Ethnic minorities and the psychiatrist 1
2 Medicine and racism 26
3 The question of black depression 61
4 Mental illness among immigrants to Britain 83
5 A digression on diagnosis 104
6 The price of adaptation 124
7 Sick societies 155
8 A prelude to insanity? 169
9 Normal and abnormal 189
10 The illness as a communication 218
11 Some conclusions 243
12 The development of 'transcultural psychiatry' in Britain 1982-96 255
References 311
References to Chapter 12 331
Index 341
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