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Mental Health in Historical Perspective
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Psychiatry and Decolonisation in Uganda

Authors: Pringle, Yolana

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  • Provides the first account of the rise, influence, and eventual decline of Uganda’s psychiatrists
  • Offers a case study on the development of psychiatry as a transnational and global phenomenon
  • Utilises oral history interviews, giving voice to psychiatrists, community mental health workers, traditional healers, and Ugandan elders
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This open access book investigates psychiatry in Uganda during the years of decolonisation. It examines the challenges facing a new generation of psychiatrists as they took over responsibility for psychiatry at the end of empire, and explores the ways psychiatric practices were tied to shifting political and development priorities, periods of instability, and a broader context of transnational and international exchange. At its heart is a question that has concerned psychiatrists globally since the mid-twentieth century: how to bridge the social and cultural gap between psychiatry and its patients? Bringing together archival research with oral histories, Yolana Pringle traces how this question came to dominate both national and international discussions on mental health care reform, including at the World Health Organization, and helped spur a culture of experimentation and creativity globally. As Pringle shows, however, the history of psychiatry during the years of decolonisation remained one of marginality, and ultimately, in the context of war and violence, the decolonisation of psychiatry was incomplete.  

About the authors

Yolana Pringle is Senior Lecturer in the History of Medicine at the University of Roehampton, UK. Her research encompasses the history of psychiatry, humanitarianism, and violence and health, with a regional focus on East Africa. She has held previous posts at the University of Cambridge and the University of Warwick.  

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Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pringle, Yolana

    Pages 1-26

  • A Place on Mulago Hill

    Pringle, Yolana

    Pages 27-57

  • The ‘Africanisation’ of Psychiatry

    Pringle, Yolana

    Pages 59-92

  • ‘Mass Hysteria’ in the Wake of Decolonisation

    Pringle, Yolana

    Pages 93-116

  • The Psychiatry of Poverty

    Pringle, Yolana

    Pages 117-151

Buy this book

eBook  
  • ISBN 978-1-137-60095-0
  • This book is an open access book, you can download it for free on link.springer.com
Hardcover 29,12 €
price for Italy (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-60094-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Psychiatry and Decolonisation in Uganda
Authors
Series Title
Mental Health in Historical Perspective
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-60095-0
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-60095-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-60094-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 259
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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