New in JHI: Frantz Fanon, Institutional Psychotherapy, and the Decolonization of Psychiatry

The April 2020 issue of the Journal of the History of Ideas includes a piece that will interest AHP readers: “Frantz Fanon, Institutional Psychotherapy, and the Decolonization of Psychiatry,” Camille Robcis. Abstract:

This article examines the role of psychiatry in the life and work of Frantz Fanon. It focuses on Fanon’s relationship to institutional psychotherapy, which he discovered at the hospital of Saint-Alban through the figure of François Tosquelles. Institutional psychotherapy confirmed, on a clinical level, what Fanon had already intuited in his early work. If alienation was always political and psychic at the same time, then decolonization needed to involve the disalienation of the mind. This is precisely what Fanon tried to do in his psychiatric work in North Africa and in his last political texts.

The full, free access issue can be found online here.

About Jacy Young

Jacy Young is a professor at Quest University Canada. A critical feminist psychologist and historian of psychology, she is committed to critical pedagogy and public engagement with feminist psychology and the history of the discipline.

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