The purpose of this paper is to critically discuss how the psy-sciences have been, and continue to be, typified by some critics, as colonizers and are credited with Imperialistic motivations. However, rarely are these critiques developed beyond a pejorative characterisation.
This paper reviews the criticisms of psychiatry as colonial and outlines the tensions in taking different frames of reference in the mental health field, before going on to suggest theoretical and research perspectives arising from postcolonial theory that might advance these critical positions more coherently and the implications of doing so.
This study suggests an engagement with humanities-based methods and fields such as postcolonial scholarship.
This argument is timely, especially given recent controversies over the publication of DSM5, the scaling up agenda for mental health in the Global South and increased attention to the agenda of Big Pharma.
Postcolonial intersections with psy-science remains a relatively undeveloped area in the critical literature.
This is submitted as part of the author's PhD research studies and thanks are given to Professors Tim Thornton and Alan Rice (UCLAN) for supervision and feedback.
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