Colonial Madness: Psychiatry in French North Africa

University of Chicago Press, 15 sept. 2008 - 320 pages

Nineteenth-century French writers and travelers imagined Muslim colonies in North Africa to be realms of savage violence, lurid sexuality, and primitive madness. Colonial Madness traces the genealogy and development of this idea from the beginnings of colonial expansion to the present, revealing the ways in which psychiatry has been at once a weapon in the arsenal of colonial racism, an innovative branch of medical science, and a mechanism for negotiating the meaning of difference for republican citizenship.

Drawing from extensive archival research and fieldwork in France and North Africa, Richard Keller offers much more than a history of colonial psychology. Colonial Madness explores the notion of what French thinkers saw as an inherent mental, intellectual, and behavioral rift marked by the Mediterranean, as well as the idea of the colonies as an experimental space freed from the limitations of metropolitan society and reason. These ideas have modern relevance, Keller argues, reflected in French thought about race and debates over immigration and France’s postcolonial legacy.


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Table des matières

Madness and Colonization
Liberation and Confi nement in a Landscape of Sickness
Geographies of Innovation and Economies of Care
Doctors Patients and Treatments
Race Ethnicity and the Conquest of the Primitive
Colonial Madness between Frantz Fanon and Kateb Yacine
Postcolonial Histories of Colonial Psychiatry
Pills and Paving Stones Centers and Margins
Droits d'auteur

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Page 264 - Btmâristâns, lieux de folie et de sagesse : la folie et ses traitements dans les hôpitaux médiévaux au (MoyenOrient. - Paris : L'Harmattan, 1998.
Page 263 - Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Politics during the First World War', Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences 27, October 1991, 352-365.

À propos de l'auteur (2008)

Richard C. Keller is assistant professor of medical history and the history of science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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