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Author Kilroy-Marac, Katie, 1974- author.

Title An impossible inheritance : postcolonial psychiatry and the work of memory in a West African clinic / Katie Kilroy-Marac
Published Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2019]


Description 1 online resource (xiv, 269 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction : entanglements -- Archiving madness : from colonial psychiatry to the establishment of Fann -- Origin stories : Collomb's Fann and Senghor's Senegal -- Nostalgic for modernity (or, looking back on a golden age) -- The ink that marked history -- Strategic ambivalence -- Distinctions of the present
Summary "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"--Provided by publisher
Analysis 1960s
fann psychiatric clinic
haunted by the past
memory work
moral practice
mysterious death
neoliberal transformation
political dimensions
post colonial transformation
spirit possession ceremonies
transcultural psychiatry
unexpected temporal dimensions
young doctor
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes In English
Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on May 13, 2019)
Subject Centre psychiatrique du C.H.U.F. de Dakar.
Centre psychiatrique du C.H.U.F. de Dakar
Psychiatric clinics -- Senegal -- Dakar
Psychiatry -- Senegal -- Dakar -- History
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- Social Security.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- Social Services & Welfare.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Anthropology -- General.
Psychiatric clinics
Senegal -- Dakar
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2018055288
ISBN 9780520971691