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The white woman in colonial India, c. 1820–1930
Author: Indrani Sen

This book explores colonial gendered interactions, with a special focus on the white woman in colonial India. It examines missionary and memsahibs' colonial writings, probing their construction of Indian women of different classes and regions, such as zenana women, peasants, ayahs and wet-nurses. The three groups of white women focused upon are memsahibs, missionaries and, to a certain extent, ordinary soldiers' wives. Among white women in colonial India, it was the female missionaries who undoubtedly participated most closely in the colonial 'civilising mission'. The book addresses through a scrutiny of the literary works written by 'New Indian Women', such as Flora Annie Steel. Cross-racial gendered interactions were inflected by regional diversities, and the complexity of the category of the 'native woman'. The colonial household was a site of tension, and 'the anxieties of colonial rule manifest themselves most clearly in the home'. The dynamics of the memsahib-ayah relationship were rooted in race/class hierarchies, domestic power structures and predicated on the superiority of the colonising memsahib. The book also examines colonial medical texts, scrutinising how they wielded authoritative power over vulnerable young European women through the power/knowledge of their medical directives. Colonial discourse sought to project the white woman's vulnerability to specific mental health problems, as well as the problem of addiction of 'barrack wives'. Giving voice to the Indian woman, the book scrutinises the fiction of the first generation of western-educated Indian women who wrote in English, exploring their construction of white women and their negotiations with colonial modernities.

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A Belated but Welcome Theory of Change on Mental Health and Development
Laura Davidson

ToC: ‘Used to describe the experience of people with participation restrictions associated with mental health problems and conditions’. It is considered less stigmatising due to its focus on the functional impact of mental health difficulties. 5 The promotion of mental health through action on social determinants is one of the Plan’s five key objectives

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
European women’s mental health and addiction in the late nineteenth century
Indrani Sen

, including colonial medical writings, sought to project the white woman’s vulnerability to specific mental health problems. My aim here is to examine the constructions of female vulnerability in order to probe the significance of their underlying gender politics. In the course of this chapter I concentrate on ‘common’ mental problems, including ‘neurasthenia’ among middle

in Gendered transactions
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Is it time to change our approach to anti-stigma campaigns?
Vicky Long

CONCLUSION: IS IT TIME TO CHANGE OUR APPROACH TO ANTI-­S TIGMA CAMPAIGNS? Myth: Mental health problems are very rare Fact: Mental health problems affect one in four people Myth: People with mental illness can’t work. Fact: You probably work with someone with mental illness. Myth: People with mental illness never recover. Fact: People with mental illness can and do recover.1 Time to Change, 2009 Imagine a campaign by a cancer charity, which gave the impression that everyone survives, picks up their lives where they left off, no worries about whether the cancer

in Destigmatising mental illness?
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Sue Wheatcroft

which was often the cause of poor general health, affected all children whether disabled or able-­bodied, and have been discussed more than adequately in other studies. Disruption to the provision of education also affected both groups, although in different ways, as has been made clear. For disabled children, problems associated with physical access, medical treatment requirements and the continuing stigma surrounding certain types of mental health problems meant that the children’s education and even safety often depended on their particular ‘category’ of disability

in Worth saving
David Bolton

This chapter describes the establishment of a trauma-focused approach to the needs of those seeking help with emotional, psychological and mental health problems linked to traumatic experiences of the civil conflict in Northern Ireland. The chapter will outline the development of a therapy service based upon trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Key issues relating

in Conflict, peace and mental health
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Lunacy and the asylum
Alannah Tomkins

5 Mad doctors: lunacy and the asylum Medical practitioners who were deemed by their nineteenth-century contemporaries to be suffering from severe mental-health problems frequently warranted an asylum admission.1 The supposed causes of their complaints covered the same range as for non-medical patients, in that these were ascribed to contextual causes – such as overwork, domestic disharmony, financial troubles – and to physical or moral causes including opiate addiction, alcohol consumption, heredity, and masturbation.2 However, medical patients were different

in Medical misadventure in an age of professionalisation, 1780–1890
Naomi Chambers and Jeremy Taylor

Introduction Mental health problems are widespread, at times disabling, yet often hidden. In the UK, nearly half (43.4 per cent) of adults think that they have had a diagnosable mental health condition at some point in their life. One in six (17 per cent) of people over the age of 16 had a common mental health problem in the week prior to being interviewed (Mental Health Foundation, 2016 ). One in eight (12.8 per cent) of 5- to 19-year-olds had at least one mental disorder when assessed in 2017, and the prevalence of

in Organising care around patients
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The function of employment in British psychiatric care after 1959
Vicky Long

16 Work is therapy? The function of employment in British psychiatric care after 1959 Vicky Long As the contributions to this volume demonstrate, work and occupation have long formed part of mental healthcare. Yet in the post-war era, the adoption of the policy of psychiatric deinstitutionalisation transformed the nature and intended functions of employment for people with mental health problems within British psychiatric hospitals, and beyond. This chapter focuses on industrial therapy (IT), which hospitals increasingly embraced as part of rehabilitation

in Work, psychiatry and society, c. 1750–2015
Professional politics and public education in Britain, 1870–1970
Author: Vicky Long

Challenging the assumption that the stigma attached to mental illness stems from public ignorance and irresponsible media coverage, this book examines mental healthcare workers’ efforts to educate the public in Britain between 1870 and 1970. It covers a period which saw the polarisation of madness and sanity give way to a belief that mental health and illness formed a continuum, and in which segregative care within the asylum began to be displaced by the policy of community care. The book argues that the representations of mental illness conveyed by psychiatrists, nurses and social workers were by-products of professional aspirations, economic motivations and perceptions of the public, sensitive to shifting social and political currents. Sharing the stigma of their patients, many healthcare workers sought to enhance the prestige of psychiatry by emphasising its ability to cure acute and minor mental disorder. However, this strategy exacerbated the stigma attached to severe and enduring mental health problems. Indeed, healthcare workers occasionally fuelled the stereotype of the violent, chronically-ill male patient in an attempt to protect their own interests. Drawing on service users’ observations, the book contends that current campaigns, which conflate diverse experiences under the label mental illness, risk trivialising the difficulties facing people who live with severe and enduring mental disturbance, and fail to address the political, economic and social factors which fuel discrimination.