Fifty years after Frantz Fanon: beyond diversity

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Fifty years after Frantz Fanon: beyond diversity

Advances in Psychiatric Treatment
Volume 18, Number 1 (January 2012)
pages 25-31
DOI: 10.1192/apt.bp.110.008847

Adedapo Sikuade

Frantz Fanon (1925–1961), a West Indian of mixed race, was a French colonial psychiatrist trained in Lyon, France, who worked mainly in colonial North Africa between 1953 and 1957. He was one of the earliest psychiatrists to suggest that the lived experience of ethnic minorities within a discriminatory colonial environment could trigger mental illness. This article focuses on Fanon’s work and contributions to psychiatry, as well as his philosophy, advocacy for social inclusion and pioneering work in culturally relevant rehabilitation. It also examines what lessons could be learnt from his life’s work as a psychiatrist and traces his influence on a generation of psychiatric researchers, suggesting how his contribution may have influenced critical thought and current views.

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