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Frantz Fanon, Institutional Psychotherapy, and the Decolonization of Psychiatry (2020)


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.

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Authors & Contributors
Burston, Daniel
Müller, Thomas
Macey, David
Frie, Roger
Ash, Mitchell G.
Thiele, Antje
History of the Human Sciences
Journal of Medical Biography
Journal of Global History
Psychoanalysis and History
History of Science
Harvard University Press
Picador USA
Duquesne University Press
Johns Hopkins University Press
Vandenhock & Ruprecht
Science and politics
Clinical psychology
Fanon, Frantz
Laing, Ronald David
Pratt, Joseph Hersey
Myers, Frederic William Henry
Freud, Sigmund
Janet, Pierre
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
18th century
United States
British Isles

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