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Colonial Madness: Psychiatry in French North Africa

Richard C. Keller


Nineteenth-century French writers and travelers imagined Muslim colonies in North Africa to be realms of savage violence, lurid sexuality, and primitive madness. This book traces the genealogy and development of this idea from the beginnings of colonial expansion to the present, revealing the ways in which psychiatry has been at once a weapon in the arsenal of colonial racism, an innovative branch of medical science, and a mechanism for negotiating the meaning of difference for republican citizenship. Drawing from extensive archival research and fieldwork in France and North Africa, the book o ... More

Keywords: Muslim colonies, North Africa, psychiatry, colonial racism, medical science, republican citizenship, psychology, Mediterranean, France, immigration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780226429724
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226429779.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard C. Keller, author