Decolonization of Psychiatry in Jamaica

Madnificent Irations

Authors: Hickling, Frederick W.

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  • Draws on research, history and personal experience to present a manifesto for decolonizing consciousness
  • Maps out the process of deinstitutionalizing patients with chronic mental illness
  • Makes a connection between psychiatric hospitalization and a centuries-long history of oppression
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This book traces the historical postcolonial journey of four generations of Jamaican psychiatrists challenging the European colonial ‘civilizing mission’ of psychiatric care. It details the process of deinstitutionizing patients with chronic mental illness using psychohistoriographic cultural therapy, by engaging them in creating sociodrama and poetry writing, not only to express and reverse the stigma contributing to their marginalized status, but also to reconnect them to a centuries-long history of oppression. The author thereby demonstrates that psychological decolonization requires a seminal understanding of the complex mental inter-relationship between slaves and slaveowners. Further, it is shown how the model analyzes the antipodal dialectic history of descendants of Africans enslaved in the New World by brutish British Imperialists suffering from the European psychosis of white supremacy.

Drawing together a detailed description of the sociopoem Madnificent Irations, with an examination of Jamaica’s political and social history, and the author’s personal experience, this compelling work marks an important contribution to decolonial literature. It will be of particular interest to students and scholars of postcolonial studies, critical race theory, the history of psychology and community psychology.


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Frederick W. Hickling is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica. He was elected Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association in 2008, received the Royal College of Psychiatrists Fellowship, UK, in 2011, and was made Commander in the Order of Distinction Jamaica in 2012.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Decolonization of Psychiatry in Jamaica
Book Subtitle
Madnificent Irations
Authors
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-48489-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-48489-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-48488-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 250
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations, 25 illustrations in colour
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