Racism and Mental Health: Prejudice and Suffering

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Kamaldeep Bhui
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Apr 25, 2002 - Psychology - 256 pages
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This thought-provoking book investigates the impact of racism (both conscious and unconscious) in mental health settings, covering individual clinical encounters and the broader picture of service provision. The authors offer insights into manifestations of racism in contemporary Britain; racial and cultural identity and the significance of these in psychotherapy; and the inequalities in provision of mental health services to minority ethnic communities. They consider the problems of racism and mental health, not in isolation but in the larger context of cultural difference and social inequalities, and also on the level of human relationships. Bringing together the experiences of mental health professionals and incorporating a service user's perspective, this book provides many practical strategies for addressing racism and dealing with its effects in psychiatric work, and will prove useful and informative to practitioners in many areas of mental health work.

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Chapter 1 Feeling for Racism
Chapter 2 Race and Racial Discourse
Their Nature and Expression
Chapter 4 Psychosocial and Psychopolitical Aspects of Racism
Chapter 5 The Legacy of Frantz Fanon and Contemporary Representations of Racism and Mind
A Black Users Perspective
Chapter 7 Understanding Racism in Mental Health
Chapter 8 Scientific Racism
Chapter 11 Londons Ethnic Minorities and the Provision of Mental Health Services
Chapter 12 The Primary Functions of Racial Prejudice are Psychological and Cultural The Primary Functions of Racism are Economic and Political
Chapter 13 Contemporary Dilemmas
Essential Elements
Subject Index
Author Index

Paradigm Lost Paradigm Regained
Importance of Acknowledging Racial and Cultural Differences

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About the author (2002)

Kamaldeep Bhui is a Senior Lecturer in Social and Epidemiological Psychiatry at St Bartholomew's and Royal London School of Dentistry, and is an Honorary Consultant at the Royal London Hospital.

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