Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Suman Fernando
    Pages 1-10
  3. Suman Fernando
    Pages 39-58
  4. Suman Fernando
    Pages 59-90
  5. Suman Fernando
    Pages 91-110
  6. Suman Fernando
    Pages 111-134
  7. Suman Fernando
    Pages 135-152
  8. Suman Fernando
    Pages 153-179
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 193-209

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.


Race and Medicine institutional racism history of psychiatric practice racism in clinical settings history of race in psychiatry development of clinical psychology and psychiatry history of eugenics racism intelligence studies transcultural psychiatry UK mental health services

Authors and affiliations

  • Suman Fernando
    • 1
  1. 1.London Metropolitan UniversityLondonUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-62727-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-62728-1
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