Is the Agenda for Global Mental Health a Form of Cultural Imperialism?, by Gavin Miller
The question whether and how mental illness is universal, as well as the globalization of mental illness and mental health, have given rise to acrimonious controversy (see, for a recent exchange, Miller 2014; Summerfield, 2012, 2014; White 2013).
Independently of local knowledge systems, the misery of people who would be diagnosed as suffering from brain disorders according to ICD or DSM is undeniable, and the way they are treated in many cultures around the world fully warrants the indignation of the Harvard medical anthropologist and cross-cultural psychiatrist Arthur Kleinman (2009), who depicted the current situation as a “failure of humanity.” At the practical field level, making up for such a failure must be a top priority.Summerfield, Derek. 2014. “A Short Conversation with Arthur Kleinman About His Support for the Globa...White, Ross. 2013. “The Globalisation of Mental Illness.” The Psychologist 26 (3): 182–185. (PDF)To read the article by Arthur Kleinman, click below:Kleinman, Arthur. 2009. “Global Mental Health: A Failure of Humanity.” The Lancet 374:603–604. (PDF)