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This guide provides a starting point for locating resources related to the cultural and racial history of mental health. For any research questions, please email Melissa Grafe using the links in the box on the right.
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Background sources (or “reference” works) are great places to start. Reference works include scholarly encyclopedias, handbooks, scholarly “companions," and similar sources that contain essays providing background information on a topic and overviews of the relevant scholarship. Citations to the secondary literature will always be included, and often so too will citations to primary sources. Here are some of these recommended resources:
Contains annotated bibliographies in a variety of fields, often with citations to both primary and secondary sources.
There are articles discussing "Mental Health" through an anthropological approach, and "Racism as a Structural Determinant of Health," but be sure to search the whole database too, as you'll also often find relevant articles in other modules.
A useful collection of many handbooks, each with numerous articles. Browse and search for single chapters or whole books such as The Oxford Handbook of the History of Medicine.
A scholarly encyclopedia that is a great place to start your research. Each article has a "Discussion of the Literature" that usually has many recommendations for primary sources.
Articles include "Mental Illness, Psychiatry, and the South African State, 1800s-2018" and "Mental Health Disparities."
Routledge History of Madness and Mental Health
Includes a larger overview of mental health history.