Book ID: CBB222459534

An Impossible Inheritance: Postcolonial Psychiatry and the Work of Memory in a West African Clinic (2019)


Kilroy-Marac, Katie (Author)

University of California Press

Publication Date: 2019
Physical Details: 288
Language: English

Weaving sound historical research with rich ethnographic insight, An Impossible Inheritance tells the story of the emergence, disavowal, and afterlife of a distinctive project in transcultural psychiatry initiated at the Fann Psychiatric Clinic in Dakar, Senegal during the 1960s and 1970s. Today’s clinic remains haunted by its past and Katie Kilroy-Marac brilliantly examines the complex forms of memory work undertaken by its affiliates over a sixty year period. Through stories such as that of the the ghost said to roam the clinic’s halls, the mysterious death of a young doctor sometimes attributed to witchcraft, and the spirit possession ceremonies that may have taken place in Fann’s courtyard, Kilroy-Marac argues that memory work is always an act of the imagination and a moral practice with unexpected temporal, affective, and political dimensions. By exploring how accounts about the Fann Psychiatric Clinic and its past speak to larger narratives of postcolonial and neoliberal transformation, An Impossible Inheritance examines the complex relationship between memory, history, and power within the institution and beyond.

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Review Ana Antic (2021) Review of "An Impossible Inheritance: Postcolonial Psychiatry and the Work of Memory in a West African Clinic". History of the Human Sciences (pp. 374-384). unapi

Review Bradford Pelletier (2020) Review of "An Impossible Inheritance: Postcolonial Psychiatry and the Work of Memory in a West African Clinic". Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences (pp. 465-467). unapi

Essay Review Afolarin Awodiya (2021) Africanization versus transculturalism: Examples from history. History of Psychiatry (pp. 112-114). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Abi-Rached, Joelle M.
Conis, Elena
Crisciani, Chiara
Echenberg, Myron J.
Fullwiley, Duana
Long, Vicky
History of Psychiatry
Medicina nei Secoli - Arte e Scienza
Perspectives in Biology and Medicine
International Journal of African Historical Studies
Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
New York University
Duke University Press
Harvard University Press
James Currey
Princeton University Press
Yale University Press
Medicine and politics
Medicine and religion
Public health
Psychiatric hospitals
Time Periods
21st century
20th century, late
20th century
20th century, early
19th century
Great Britain
Rome (Italy)
National Health Service (Great Britain)

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