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Madness and marginalityThe lives of Kenya's White insane$
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Will Jackson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780719088896

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719088896.001.0001

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Approaching madness: deviant psychology in Kenya Colony

Approaching madness: deviant psychology in Kenya Colony

(p.23) Chapter One Approaching madness: deviant psychology in Kenya Colony
Madness and marginality

Will Jackson

Manchester University Press

This chapter traces the cultural and social history of mental illness in the settler imagination. It investigates the idea of Africa as a site of madness and considers the relationship between degeneracy and deviance. These themes were not incidental to settler culture but major recursive tropes. The European mentally ill in Kenya were certainly marginal but madness and transgression were not.

Keywords:   Degeneration, Tropical neurasthenia, Heart of Darkness, Settler culture, Transgression

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