Colonial Psychiatry and the African Mind

Colonial Psychiatry and the African Mind

by Jock McCulloch
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521034809

ISBN-13: 9780521034807

Pub. Date: 11/28/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In this first history of the practice and theoretical underpinnings of colonial psychiatry in Africa, Jock McCulloch describes the clinical approaches of well-known European psychiatrists who worked directly with indigenous Africans, among them Frantz Fanon, J.C. Carothers, and Wulf Sachs. They were a disparate group, operating independently of one another, and

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In this first history of the practice and theoretical underpinnings of colonial psychiatry in Africa, Jock McCulloch describes the clinical approaches of well-known European psychiatrists who worked directly with indigenous Africans, among them Frantz Fanon, J.C. Carothers, and Wulf Sachs. They were a disparate group, operating independently of one another, and mostly in intellectual isolation. But despite their differences, they shared a coherent set of ideas about "The African Mind," premised on the colonial notion of African inferiority. In exploring the close association between the ideologies of settler societies and psychiatric research, this intriguing study is one of the few attempts to explore colonial science as a system of knowledge and power.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521034807
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2006
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
196
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.43(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. Psychiatry and colonial practice; 3. Some contemporary reviews of colonial mental health systems; 4. Towards a theory of the African mind; 5. Theory into practice: Carothers and the politics of Mau Mau; 6. African intelligence, sexuality and psyche; 7. The African family and the colonial personality; 8. The elements of orthodoxy; 9. From psychiatry to politics; 10. Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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