Psychiatry Beyond Fanon

Exploring the history and politics of psychology in Africa. Guest edited by Matt Heaton, historian at Virginia Tech.

How psychologists can and should become advocates for African and African feminist critiques of academia and of society.

Ghana is slowly developing its mental health care to protect human rights. Yet sensationalist journalism, including in the progressive media, continues to portray the treatment of mental health in the country as backward and abusive.

Many of the continent’s most highly trained mental health professionals migrate outside Africa. The result, sadly, makes global inequalities in access to mental health, worse.

The increasing visibility of Qur’anic healing in Cairo intersects with psychiatry’s growing foothold in public awareness, creating fertile ground for debates about affliction, care, and expertise.

How racialized intellectual outputs placed in just the right circumstances can do the most damage.

French psychiatry in West Africa saw Black bodies as “alien” to white ones. It hasn't changed much.