By Harald Fischer-Tiné
This publication argues that the historical past of colonial empires has been formed to a substantial volume through detrimental feelings similar to nervousness, worry and embarrassment in addition to by means of the normal prevalence of panics. The case reports it assembles learn a few of the ways that panics and anxieties have been generated in imperial occasions and the way they shook up the dynamics among probably omnipotent colonizers and the it appears defenceless colonized. Drawing from examples of the British, Dutch and German colonial event, the quantity sketches out the various major parts (such as disorder, local ‘savagery’ or sexual transgression) that generated panics or created anxieties in colonial settings and analyses the commonest kinds of functional, discursive and epistemic concepts followed through the colonisers to slash the perceived threats.
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These differentiating characterizations of mental disorders among colonizers and colonized would persist into the twentieth century, even as medical and other scientific specialists assumed increasing status as sources of authority on the subject. While the treatment of the mentally ill had become an increasingly specialized practice in the West from the late eighteenth century onwards, it was only in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries that psychology, along with its subdisciplinary affiliates, psychiatry and psychoanalysis, came to be seen as a distinct field of knowledge that filtered into the public discourse, where it found a firm niche by attributing certain social problems to particular states of mind.
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Anxieties, Fear and Panic in Colonial Settings: Empires on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown by Harald Fischer-Tiné