Frantz Fanon, Psychiatry and Politics
Marlboro Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies
Nigel Gibson and Roberto Beneduce
Publication, Publisher or Distributor
Rowman and Littlefield International
Gibson and Beneduce draw focus upon psychiatrist Frantz Fanon, a revolutionary, who was a foundational figure in postcolonial and decolonial thought and practice. This book focuses on Fanon’s key psychiatry texts, psychiatric writings, and better known work written between 1952 and 1961 (Black Skin, White Masks, A Dying Colonialism, Toward the African Revolution, The Wretched of the Earth). Offering both a clinical and political perspective, the authors draw upon a notion that shows psychiatry intersecting history, psychoanalysis, philosophy, and ethnology. Gibson and Beneduce argue that his work inaugurates a critical ethnopsychiatry that is based upon a new concept of culture anchored to historical events, situations, and experiences, while also drawing upon the relationship the psychological and cultural. The authors deduce that from Fanon’s writings his wish, as put in The Wretched of the Earth is to “develop a new way of thinking, not only for us but for humanity”.