Colonial Psychiatry Further Reading


Emmanuel Akyeampong, Allan G. Hill and Arthur Kleinman (eds), The Culture of Mental Illness and Psychiatric Practice in Africa (Bloomington, 2015).

John C. Carothers, The African Mind in Health and Disease: a Study in Ethnopsychiatry (Geneva, WHO, 1953). PDF online

Genesis Chorwe-Sungani, Anthony Peter Sefasi, Diana Jere, Lucy Kululanga and Chitsanzo Mafuta, ‘A historical perspective of 50 years of mental health services in Malawi’, The Society of Malawi Journal 68, 2 (2015), 31-8.

Anna Crozier, ‘Sensationalising Africa: British Medical Impressions of Sub-Saharan Africa, 1890-1939’, Journal of Imperial & Commonwealth History 35, 3 (2007), 393-415.

Frantz Fanon, Studies in a Dying Colonialism (L’An Cinq, de la Révolution Algérienne (Paris, 1959). English translation, New York, 1965. Penguin edition, 1970). PDF of 1965 English translation available online

Lynette A. Jackson, Surfacing Up: Psychiatry and Social Order in Colonial Zimbabwe, 1908–1968 (Ithaca, N.Y., 2005).

Richard Keller, ‘Madness and colonization: psychiatry in the British and French empires, 1800-1962’, Journal of Social History 35, 2 (2001), 295-326.

Michael King and Elspeth King, The Story of Medicine and Diseases in Malawi: 130 years since Livingstone (Blantyre, 1992), 110-11.

Jock McCulloch, Colonial psychiatry and ‘the African mind’ (Cambridge, 1995).

Sloan Mahone and Megan Vaughan (eds), Psychiatry and empire (Basingstoke, 2007), ch. 1, 3, 4.

Julie Parle, ‘The fools on the hill: the Natal government asylum and the institutionalisation of insanity in colonial Natal’, Journal of Natal & Zulu History 19 (1999), 1-39.

Julie Parle  States of mind: searching for mental health in Natal and Zululand, 1868-1918 (Scottsville, South Africa, 2007).

Yolana Pringle, ‘Neurasthenia at Mengo Hospital, Uganda: A Case Study in Psychiatry and a Diagnosis, 1906–50’, Journal of Imperial & Commonwealth History 44, 2 (2016), 241-62.

Martin Summers, ‘“Suitable Care of the African When Afflicted With Insanity”: Race, Madness, and Social Order in Comparative Perspective’, Bulletin of the History of Medicine 84, 1 (2010), 58-91.

Megan Vaughan, ‘Idioms of Madness: Zomba Lunatic Asylum, Nyasaland, in the Colonial Period’, Journal of Southern African Studies 9, 2 (1983), 218-38.

Megan Vaughan, Curing Their Ills: Colonial Power and African Illness (Cambridge, 1991), ch. 5.