The Protest Psychosis: How Schizophrenia Became A Black Disease

The Protest Psychosis: How Schizophrenia Became A Black Disease

  • Publish Date: 2010-01-01
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: Jonathan Metzl
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A powerful account of how cultural anxieties about race shaped American notions of mental illness

The civil rights era is largely remembered as a time of sit-ins, boycotts, and riots. But a very different civil rights history evolved at the Ionia State Hospital for the Criminally Insane in Ionia, Michigan. In The Protest Psychosis, psychiatrist and cultural critic Jonathan Metzl tells the shocking story of how schizophrenia became the diagnostic term overwhelmingly applied to African American protesters at Ioniafor political reasons as well as clinical ones. Expertly sifting through a vast array of cultural documents, Metzl shows how associations between schizophrenia and blackness emerged during the tumultuous decades of the 1960s and 1970sand he provides a cautionary tale of how anxieties about race continue to impact doctor-patient interactions in our seemingly postracial America.


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