In this classic text the authors examine the links between racism, psychological ill health and inadequate treatment of ethnic minorities. Through a series of case studies they discuss:
* the psychological legacy of colonialism and slavery
* the racist bias in psychiatric and psychological theory
* diagnostic bias
* the role of religion in mental health or illness
* the value of anthropological and pschoanalytic insights.
The concluding chapter in this edition reviews the development of 'transcultural psychiatry' and summarises changes in administration of the Mental Health Act.
Comments from previous edition:
'An important exploration of the cross-cultural currents, misunderstandings and plain prejudices that riddle psychiatry and this society as well.' - New Statesman
'Beautifully written, contextually rich and eloquent.' - Journal of Operational Psychiatry
'Essential reading.' - Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine
'Essential reading for all mental health workers.' - New Forum
'Essential reading for psychiatric nurses.' - Nursing Mirror
'Sensitively written and easy to read.' - The Lancet
'Mandatory reading …for everyone working in the health and social services.' - Anthony Clare, New Society