9.7.21 readings


  • ·       Akosua Adomako Ampofo, 2019. Me san aba: The Africa We Want and an African-centered Approach to Knowledge Production. In Global Sociology and the Struggles for a Better World. Edited by Schulz. Sage.


  • ·       Arthur Kleinman. “What is a Psychiatric Diagnosis?” In Rethinking Psychiatry, New York Free Press, 1988.


Syllabus teaching moment: There are many important works that can help you understand the hierarchies of value latent in academia and other currents of knowledge production and circulation. Here are a couple scholarly sources that shed light on the imperialism, antiblackness, and colonialism inherent in the theories and research paradigms by which so many of us learn and act, and that also bring alternative possibilities into view:

-       Linda Tuhiwai Smith 1999 (2nd edition 2012). Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples. Zed Books.


-       Raewyn Connell, 2008. Southern Theory: The Global Dynamics of Knowledge in Social Science. Allen & Unwin.


-       Stefano Harney and Fred Moten, 2013. The Undercommons. See pages 25 – 43?


Another syllabus teaching moment: There are so many ways to read the history of psychological anthropology. The following are recommended, at least to know they exist, or to have other places to go as you deepen you quest.

-       Janis Jenkins. Extraordinary Conditions: Culture and Experience in Mental Health. UC Press 2015.

See Introduction… available as an ebook.


-       Tanya Luhrmann. Of Two Minds: The Growing Disorder in American Psychiatry. Knopf, 2000.

Again, see intro for a take on the field.


-       Arthur Kleinman and Byron Good, 1985. “Introduction to Culture and Depression.” From Culture and Depression: Studies in the Anthropology and Cross-Cultural Psychiatry of Affect and Disorder, edited by Kleinman and Good, UC Press.