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Contemporary Black History

Institutional Racism in Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology

Race Matters in Mental Health

Authors: Fernando, Suman

  • Traces the history of racism in Western psychiatry and psychology
  • Focuses on racism in clinical research, theory, and practice in the twentieth-century through the present day
  • Appeals to scholars in the fields of ethnicity and critical race studies, mental health, psychology, and psychiatry, as well as mental health practitioners and educators
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About this book

This book examines the deep roots of racism in the mental health system. Suman Fernando weaves the histories of racial discourse and clinical practice into a narrative of power, knowledge, and black suffering in an ostensibly progressive and scientifically grounded system. Drawing on a lifetime of experience as a practicing psychiatrist, he examines how the system has shifted in response to new forms of racism which have emerged since the 1960s, highlighting the widespread pathologization of black people, the impact of Islamophobia on clinical practice after 9/11, and various struggles to reform. Engaging and accessible, this book makes a compelling case for the entrenchment of racism across all aspects of psychiatry and clinical psychology, and calls for a paradigm shift in both theory and practice.

About the authors

Suman Fernando is Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities at London Metropolitan University, UK.

Reviews

“The skillful blend of personal and professional reflections with careful historical analysis makes this a gripping and scholarly text. It should be compulsory reading for all psychiatry and clinical psychology trainees—because ‘race in mental health matters.’” (Nimisha Patel, Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of East London, UK)

“Dr. Fernando’s reflections on his fifty years of involvement with mental health in post-war multicultural Britain cast an unforgiving light on this sector’s failure to confront its own racist assumptions. It makes for uncomfortable reading, but it is a history that we urgently need to understand if we are not to continue repeating it.” (David Ingleby, Centre for Social Science and Global Health, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

“Dr. Fernando goes straight to the heart of the issue of racism in the UK and the USA. His evidence for racism being alive and well is documented with pithy historical and personal vignettes. It is a joy to have a credible source to tackle such sensitive issues such as racism.” (Carl C. Bell, Clinical Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Fernando, Suman

    Pages 1-10

  • How ‘Race’ Began, and the Emergence of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology

    Fernando, Suman

    Pages 11-37

  • Race Thinking and Racism Become the Norm

    Fernando, Suman

    Pages 39-58

  • New Racisms Appear in the 1960s

    Fernando, Suman

    Pages 59-90

  • Racism in a Context of Multiculturalism

    Fernando, Suman

    Pages 91-110

Buy this book

eBook £53.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-62728-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £67.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-62727-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Institutional Racism in Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology
Book Subtitle
Race Matters in Mental Health
Authors
Series Title
Contemporary Black History
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-62728-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-62728-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-62727-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 209
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations
Topics