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The Resource Black skin, white coats : Nigerian psychiatrists, decolonization, and the globalization of psychiatry, Matthew M. Heaton

Black skin, white coats : Nigerian psychiatrists, decolonization, and the globalization of psychiatry, Matthew M. Heaton

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Black skin, white coats : Nigerian psychiatrists, decolonization, and the globalization of psychiatry
Title
Black skin, white coats
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Nigerian psychiatrists, decolonization, and the globalization of psychiatry
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Matthew M. Heaton
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Language
eng
Summary
Black Skin, White Coats is a history of psychiatry in Nigeria from the 1950s to the 1980s. Working in the contexts of decolonization and anticolonial nationalism, Nigerian psychiatrists sought to replace racist colonial psychiatric theories about the psychological inferiority of Africans with a universal and egalitarian model focusing on broad psychological similarities across cultural and racial boundaries. Particular emphasis is placed on Dr. T. Adeoye Lambo, the first indigenous Nigerian to earn a specialty degree in psychiatry in the United Kingdom in 1954. Lambo returned to Nigeria to become the medical superintendent of the newly founded Aro Mental Hospital in Abeokuta, Nigeria's first"modern" mental hospital. At Aro, Lambo began to revolutionize psychiatric research and clinical practice in Nigeria, working to integrate"modern" western medical theory and technologies with "traditional" cultural understandings of mental illness. Lambo's research focused on deracializing psychiatric thinking and redefining mental illness in terms of a model of universal human similarities that crossed racial and cultural divides. Black Skin, White Coats is the first work to focus primarily on black Africans as producers of psychiatric knowledge and as definers of mental illness in their own right. By examining the ways that Nigerian psychiatrists worked to integrate their psychiatric training with their indigenous backgrounds and cultural and civic nationalisms, Black Skin, White Coats provides a foil to Frantz Fanon's widely publicized reactionary articulations of the relationship between colonialism and psychiatry. Black Skin, White Coats is also on the cutting edge of histories of psychiatry that are increasingly drawing connections between local and national developments in late-colonial and postcolonial settings and international scientific networks. Heaton argues that Nigerian psychiatrists were intimately aware of the need to engage in international discourses as part and parcel of the transformation of psychiatry at home.--
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Heaton, Matthew M
Dewey number
362.209669
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
New African histories
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  • Psychiatry
  • Cultural psychiatry
  • Mentally ill
  • Mental illness
  • Nigeria
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Black skin, white coats : Nigerian psychiatrists, decolonization, and the globalization of psychiatry, Matthew M. Heaton
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-244) and index
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  • nc
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rdacarrier.
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent.
Contents
  • Introduction: Colonizing, decolonizing, and globalizing the history of psychiatry
  • Colonial institutions and networks of ethnopsychiatry
  • Decolonizing psychiatric institutions and networks
  • Mentally ill Nigerian immigrants in the United Kingdom : the international dimensions of decolonizing psychiatry
  • Schizophrenia, depression, and "brain-fag syndrome" : diagnosis and the boundaries of culture
  • Gatekeepers of the mind : psychotherapy and "traditional" healers
  • The paradoxes of psychoactive drugs
  • Conclusion: Nigerian psychiatrists and the globalization of psychiatry
Control code
FIEb17601484
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
x, 249 pages
Isbn
9780821420706
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)852958109
Label
Black skin, white coats : Nigerian psychiatrists, decolonization, and the globalization of psychiatry, Matthew M. Heaton
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-244) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
  • Introduction: Colonizing, decolonizing, and globalizing the history of psychiatry
  • Colonial institutions and networks of ethnopsychiatry
  • Decolonizing psychiatric institutions and networks
  • Mentally ill Nigerian immigrants in the United Kingdom : the international dimensions of decolonizing psychiatry
  • Schizophrenia, depression, and "brain-fag syndrome" : diagnosis and the boundaries of culture
  • Gatekeepers of the mind : psychotherapy and "traditional" healers
  • The paradoxes of psychoactive drugs
  • Conclusion: Nigerian psychiatrists and the globalization of psychiatry
Control code
FIEb17601484
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
x, 249 pages
Isbn
9780821420706
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)852958109

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