Aliens and Alienists: Ethnic Minorities and Psychiatry, 3rd by R. Littlewood

By R. Littlewood

During this vintage textual content the authors research the hyperlinks among racism, mental unwell well-being and insufficient therapy of ethnic minorities. via a chain of case stories they speak about: * the mental legacy of colonialism and slavery * the racist bias in psychiatric and mental idea * diagnostic bias * the position of faith in psychological overall healthiness or disorder * the price of anthropological and pschoanalytic insights. The concluding bankruptcy during this version reports the advance of 'transcultural psychiatry' and summarises adjustments in management of the psychological future health Act.

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He feels irritated—the patient has taken advantage of his kindness. With the police gone, the nurses will be reluctant to help him to restrain a person he may now believe to be in urgent need of medical attention; their looks suggest he has made a fool of himself and wasted their time; he cannot persuade the increasingly anxious patient even to continue to talk to him. The patient begins to realize that the doctor has not really been sympathizing with him and that he has other plans. The doctor changes: his tones becomes hectoring and tense, and he provides increasingly unpleasant arguments for the patient to stay.

The outsider who tries to pass for a member of the majority culture, whether he is an immigrant or psychiatric patient, will usually attempt to conceal his past and deliberately to appear part of the dominant group. Foreigners can, with some difficulty, become ‘naturalized’ . Blacks can try to ‘pass’. Signs of outsider status, whether skin pigmentation, accent or culture, are a stigma [155]. The outsider is always conscious of a precarious identity. When rejected he may attempt to reaffirm or rephrase his original identity: ‘queers’ become ‘gays’, black becomes beautiful, and psychosis becomes rebellion.

NOTES 1 Ethnic group is an intentionally vague or general term used to avoid the false objectivity of race. The ethnic group may be a nation, a people, a language group, a sociologically defined so-called race or group bound together in a coherent cultural entity by a religion. 177). CHAPTER TWO MEDICINE AND RACISM And the determination of my biology no longer imprisoned by a facial angle, by the texture of hair, by a nose sufficiently flat, by a sufficiently melanian tint, and the niggerness no longer a cephalic index, or a plasma, or a soma, but measured with the compass of suffering.

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