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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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States of emergency: psychosis and transgression

States of emergency: psychosis and transgression

(p.150) Chapter Six States of emergency: psychosis and transgression
Madness and marginality

Will Jackson

Manchester University Press

This chapter presents an intertextual account of colonial discourse and psychotic delusion. By ‘reading madness’, the chapter aims to show the intimate relationship between prevailing ‘white writing’ and the imagination of the ‘white insane’. Returning to the idea of Africa as a site of madness, the chapter considers Mau Mau in the delusional content of European psychiatric patients in order to develop an analysis of the salience of transgression and its denial for the European settler at a time of incipient decolonisation.

Keywords:   Mau Mau, Delusions, Psychosis, Insurgency, Decolonisation, Transgression

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