Podcast – Jonathan M. Metzl, ‘The Protest Psychosis: Race, Stigma, and the Diagnosis of Schizophrenia’ | Centre for Medical Humanities

Podcast – Jonathan M. Metzl, ‘The Protest Psychosis: Race, Stigma, and the Diagnosis of Schizophrenia’ | Centre for Medical Humanities.

Abstract: Misperceptions that persons with schizophrenia are violent or dangerous lie at the heart of stigmatizations of the disease. My talk tells the story of how these modern-day American conceptualizations of schizophrenic patients as violent emerged during the civil-rights era of the 1950s-1970s in response to a larger set of conversations about race. I integrate institutional, professional, and cultural discourses in order to trace shifts in popular and medical understandings of schizophrenia from a disease of white docility to one of “Negro” hostility, and from a disease that was nurtured to one that was feared

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