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Global Psychologies

Mental Health and the Global South

  • Suman Fernando
  • Roy Moodley
  • Explores non-Western approaches to Psychology

  • Calls for academia to promote cross-national and cross-cultural understanding

  • Brings together specialists from across the globe


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Theoretical, Philosophical and Historical Contexts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Laurence J. Kirmayer, Ademola Adeponle, Vivian Afi Abui Dzokoto
      Pages 21-37
    3. Roy Moodley, Jan van der Tempel
      Pages 59-74
  3. Traditions of Psychology in the Global South

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Olaniyi Bojuwoye, Mokgadi Moletsane-Kekae
      Pages 77-98
    3. Hillary Peter Rodrigues
      Pages 99-118
    4. Hillary Peter Rodrigues
      Pages 119-135
    5. Amber Haque
      Pages 137-150
    6. Waikaremoana Waitoki, Pat Dudgeon, Linda Waimarie Nikora
      Pages 163-184
    7. Ana Maria Oyarce
      Pages 201-211
  4. Liberation Psychologies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 213-213
    2. Lewis R. Gordon, LaRose T. Parris
      Pages 215-228
    3. Saths Cooper, Kopano Ratele
      Pages 245-260
  5. Contemporary Movements

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 261-261

About this book


This book critiques our reliance on Eurocentric knowledge in the education and training of psychology and psychiatry. Chapters explore the diversity of ‘constructions of the self’ in non-Western cultures, examining traditional psychologies from Africa, Asia, Australasia, and Pre-Columbian America. The authors discuss liberation psychologies and contemporary movements in healing and psychological therapy that draw on both Western and non-Western sources of knowledge. 

A central theme confronted is the importance, in a rapidly shrinking world, for knowledge systems derived from diverse cultures to be explored and disseminated equally. The authors contend that for this to happen, academia as a whole must lead in promoting cross-national and cross-cultural understanding that is free of colonial misconceptions and prejudices. 

This unique collection will be of value to all levels of study and practice across psychology and psychiatry and to anyone interested in looking beyond Western definitions and understandings. 


cultural psychology cross-cultural psychology global mental health indigenous psychology globalization international development political psychology critical psychiatry post-colonialism Concepts of Self African Indigenous Knowledge Systems Hindu Philosophies of Liberation al-fitrah Mental Health in Buddhism Kaupapa Māori psychology Mapuche healing Liberation Psychologies Psychology of Satyagraha The Black Consciousness Psychology Chinese Taoist Cognitive Psychotherapy

Editors and affiliations

  • Suman Fernando
    • 1
  • Roy Moodley
    • 2
  1. 1.London Metropolitan UniversityLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Applied Psychology and Human DevelopmentUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

About the editors

Suman Fernando is Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities at the London Metropolitan University, UK. He was a practicing psychiatrist in the UK for over twenty years and has published and lectured extensively there and in Canada. He has also worked in Sri Lanka. 

Roy Moodley is Associate Professor of Clinical and Counselling Psychology at the University of Toronto, Canada. He teaches and researches in race, culture and psychotherapy; and traditional healing practices. He is the Director for the Center for Diversity in Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Toronto.

Bibliographic information


“Global Psychologies: Mental Health and the Global South. In this work, an international group of experts discuss psychology from non-Western perspectives. The result is a fascinating and refreshing look at how psychology must be understood and employed within the full range of contexts, attitudes, values, belief-systems, and religions of the people whom one is attempting to understand and help.” (R. E. Osborne, Choice, Vol. 56 (6), February, 2019)