'Psychiatry and Empire' brings together scholars in the History of Medicine and Colonialism to explore questions of race, gender and power relations in former colonial states across Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific. The volume advances our understanding of the rise of modern psychiatry as it collided with the psychology of colonial rule.
'Psychiatry and Empire is a valuable contribution to the history of psychiatry and to understanding current issues of cultural difference in mental health care.' Tony O'Brien, Metapsychology online reviews
'The book includes ten chapters, each of which is impressive in its own right and which collectively add considerable nuance to our understanding of the colonial world as well as the practice and intellectual influence of psychiatry within it. Class, gender and race all emerge as important and interrelated themes that the individual authors handle with great sensitivity. The chapters, individually and collectively, deal with powerful themes and the writing is particularly fluent and persuasive.' - Pamela Dale, History.Transnational
"Psychiatry and Empire" brings together scholars in the History of Medicine and Colonialism to explore questions of race, gender and power relations in former colonial states across Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific. Focusing on the intellectual histories of concepts of mental illness, mental healing and strategies of coping and resistance, this volume advances our understanding of the rise of modern psychiatry as it collided with, and sometimes underpinned, the psychology of colonial rule.
Introduction: M.Vaughan Taking Science to the Colonies: Psychiatric Innovation in France and North Africa; R.Keller Psychiatry and the Practical Problems of Empire; S.Mahone The Microphysics of Power: Mental Nursing in South Africa in the First Half of the 20th Century; S.Marks Unsettled Minds: Colonialism, Gender and Settling Madness in Fiji; J.Leckie The 'Godless' Freud and his Indian Friends: An Indian Agenda for Psychoanalysis; S.Kapila Mapother of the Maudsley and Psychiatry at the End of the Raj; J.H.Mills & S.Jain The Nature of the Native Mind: Contested Views of Dutch Colonial Psychiatrists in the Former Dutch East Indies; H.Pols Imperial Networks and Postcolonial Independence: The Transition from Colonial to Transcultural Psychiatry; A.Bullard Madness, Vice and Tabanka: Post-Colonial Residues in Trinidadian Conceptualisations of Mental Illness; R.Littlewood