The Protest Psychosis: How Schizophrenia Became a Black Disease

The Protest Psychosis: How Schizophrenia Became a Black Disease

by Jonathan Metzl
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0807001279

ISBN-13: 9780807001271

Pub. Date: 04/12/2011

Publisher: Beacon Press

A powerful account of how cultural anxieties about race shaped American notions of mental illness

The civil rights era is largely remembered as a time of sit-ins, boycotts, and riots. But a very different civil rights history evolved at the Ionia State Hospital for the Criminally Insane in Ionia, Michigan. In The Protest Psychosis,

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A powerful account of how cultural anxieties about race shaped American notions of mental illness

The civil rights era is largely remembered as a time of sit-ins, boycotts, and riots. But a very different civil rights history evolved at the Ionia State Hospital for the Criminally Insane in Ionia, Michigan. In The Protest Psychosis, psychiatrist and cultural critic Jonathan Metzl tells the shocking story of how schizophrenia became the diagnostic term overwhelmingly applied to African American protesters at Ionia—for political reasons as well as clinical ones. Expertly sifting through a vast array of cultural documents, Metzl shows how associations between schizophrenia and blackness emerged during the tumultuous decades of the 1960s and 1970s—and he provides a cautionary tale of how anxieties about race continue to impact doctor-patient interactions in our seemingly postracial America.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807001271
Publisher:
Beacon Press
Publication date:
04/12/2011
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
363,097
Product dimensions:
8.76(w) x 6.04(h) x 0.76(d)

Table of Contents

Preface The Protest Psychosis
 
Part I Ionia
1 Homicidal
2 Ionia
 
Part II Alice Wilson
3 She Tells Very Little about Her Behavior Yet Shows a Lot
4 Loosening Associations
5 Like a Family
 
Part III Octavius Greene
6 The Other Direction
7 Categories
8 Octavius Greene Had No Exit Interview
9 The Persistence of Memory
 
Part IV Caeser Williams
10 Too Close for Comfort
11 His Actions Are Determined Largely by His Emotions
12 Revisionist Mystery
13 A Racialized Disease
14 A Metaphor for Race
 
Part V Rasheed Karim
15 Turned Loose
16 Deinstitutionalization
17 Raised in a Slum Ghetto
18 Power, Knowledge, and Diagnostic Revision
19 Return of the Repressed
20 Rashomon
21 Something Else Instead
 
Part VI Remnants
22 Locked Away
23 Diversity
24 Inside
25 Remnants
26 Controllin’ the Planet
27 Conclusion
 
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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