Madness and Marginality: The Lives of Kenya's White Insane

Madness and Marginality: The Lives of Kenya's White Insane

by Will Jackson


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Based on over two hundred and fifty psychiatric case files, this book offers a radical new departure from existing historical accounts of what is still commonly thought of as the most picturesque of Britain’s colonies overseas. By tracing the life histories of Kenya’s ‘white insane’, the book allows for a new account of settler society: one that moves attention away from the ‘great white hunters’ and heroic pioneer farmers to all those Europeans who did not manage to emulate the colonial ideal. In doing so, it raises important new questions around deviance, transgression and social control. Sitting at the intersection of a number of fields, the book will appeal to students and teachers of imperial history, colonial medicine, African history and postcolonial theory and will prove a valuable addition to both undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780719088896
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication date: 04/02/2013
Series: Studies in Imperialism
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Will Jackson is Lecturer in Imperial History at the University of Leeds

Table of Contents

General Editor's introduction
1. Approaching madness: deviant psychology in Kenya Colony
2. No ordinary chaps: class, gender and the licensing of transgression
3. The lives of Kenya’s white insane
4. Battered wives and broken homes: the colonial family
5. Stigma, shame and scandal: sex and mental illness
6. States of emergency: psychosis and transgression

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