Aliens and Alienists: Ethnic Minorities and Psychiatry

Overview

In this classic text the authors examine the links between racism, psychological ill health and inadequate treatment of ethnic minorities. Through a series of case studies they discuss:

• the psychological legacy of colonialism and slavery

• the racist bias in psychiatric and psychological theory

• diagnostic bias

• the role of religion in mental health or illness

• the value of anthropological and pschoanalytic insights.
The concluding chapter in this edition reviews the ...

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Overview

In this classic text the authors examine the links between racism, psychological ill health and inadequate treatment of ethnic minorities. Through a series of case studies they discuss:

• the psychological legacy of colonialism and slavery

• the racist bias in psychiatric and psychological theory

• diagnostic bias

• the role of religion in mental health or illness

• the value of anthropological and pschoanalytic insights.
The concluding chapter in this edition reviews the development of 'transcultural psychiatry' and summarises changes in administration of the Mental Health Act.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415157247
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • 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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