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Decolonizing Global Mental Health: The Psychiatrization of the Majority World
China Mills
Psychology Press / Softcover / 2013-11-01 / 1848721609
Global Issues / Social & Political Issues
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192 pages
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Decolonizing Global Mental Healthis a book that maps a strange irony. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Movement for Global Mental Health are calling to 'scale up' access to psychological and psychiatric treatments globally, particularly within the global South. Simultaneously, in the global North, psychiatry and its often chemical treatments are coming under increased criticism (from both those who take the medication and those in the position to prescribe it).

The book argues that it is imperative to explore what counts as evidence within Global Mental Health, and seeks to de-familiarize current 'Western' conceptions of psychology and psychiatry using postcolonial theory. It leads us to wonder whether we should call for equality in global access to psychiatry, whether everyone should have the right to a psychotropic citizenship and whether mental health can, or should, be global. As such, it is ideal reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as researchers in the fields of critical psychology and psychiatry, social and health psychology, cultural studies, public health and social work.

About the Author:

China Mills is a researcher at the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) at the University of Oxford. Her research interests span interdisciplinary approaches to exploring the interconnections between Global Mental Health, psychiatry, the pharmaceutical industry and colonialism.

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