Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Yolana Pringle
    Pages 1-26 Open Access
  3. Yolana Pringle
    Pages 27-57 Open Access
  4. Yolana Pringle
    Pages 59-92 Open Access
  5. Yolana Pringle
    Pages 93-116 Open Access
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    Pages 117-151 Open Access
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  8. Yolana Pringle
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  9. Yolana Pringle
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  10. Back Matter
    Pages 221-259

About this book


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.


health medicine psychiatry postcolonial Africa mental illness

Authors and affiliations

  • Yolana Pringle
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of HumanitiesUniversity of RoehamptonLondonUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • License CC BY
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-60094-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-60095-0
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