Miraj Desai, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, is co-editor of the new book, "Fanon, Phenomenology, and Psychology" (Routledge).
The book, co-edited by Leswin Laubscher and Derek Hook, explores the relevance of psychiatrist Frantz Fanon’s work for psychology, psychiatry, philosophy, anti-racism, and beyond. It features contributions by globally leading scholars of Fanon, who is among the most influential anti-racism thinkers in not only the history of medicine but in the history of ideas in general.
The Lancet recently observed that Fanon’s writings represent the origin of the entire field of global health. However, Fanon’s work has remained neglected within his own fields of psychiatry and psychology, despite speaking to some of the most pressing social and racial justice issues of our day.
The book attempts to bring out Fanon’s considerable contemporary relevance, including his enduring insights pertaining to structural racism, anti-Blackness, decolonial psychology, and the very possibility of global health or community mental health. It may be of interest to students, scholars, and practitioners from a variety of fields, and from all walks of life.