Stigma, shame and scandal
Sex and mental illness
in Madness and marginality
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This chapter approaches the question of deviance and mental illness through one of the most contentious aspects of colonial history: sex. Starting from the premise that inter-racial sex presents the most likely site at which to uncover an interrelationship between psychiatric confinement and racial transgression, the chapter pursues a set of case histories in which sex figured prominently. The resulting analysis shows up the gendered nature of deviance in a colonial society as well as the ways by which psychiatry provided one diagnostic means to render such transgression safe.

Madness and marginality

The lives of Kenya’s White insane


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