Underdevelopment, Migration, and Dislocation

in Colonial Madness

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9780226429724
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226429779 | DOI:
Underdevelopment, Migration, and Dislocation

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This chapter explores the broad legacy of colonial psychiatry for the relationship between France and North Africa in the post-colonial era. Through an analysis of post-colonial film, literature, and medical writings, it highlights the vestiges of the Algiers School's work in the global present as well as the ongoing resistance it has engendered. At once an intellectual history and a cultural study of the post-colonial period, it speaks to the problems of dislocation, deracination, and development that have shaped political and social debates in France and the Maghreb, particularly those over immigration, the place of multiculturalism in the republic, and the place of the welfare state in the resource-poor post-colony. This chapter also examines the ways in which psychiatrists have sought to smooth both France's and the Maghreb's transitions to global modernity, and how that transition has forced both sides to confront the traumas of decolonization and the violences of the colonial past.

Keywords: psychiatry; France; North Africa; Maghreb; modernity; decolonization; dislocation; deracination; Algiers School; resistance

Chapter.  15920 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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