Administrations of Lunacy: Racism and the Haunting of American Psychiatry at the Milledgeville Asylum


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6.2 X 9.1 X 1.4 inches | 1.45 pounds
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About the Author

Mab Segrest is professor emeritus of gender and women's studies at Connecticut College and the author of Administrations of Lunacy and Memoir of a Race Traitor (both from The New Press). A longtime activist in social justice movements and a past fellow at the National Humanities Center, she lives in Durham, North Carolina.


Praise for Administrations of Lunacy
"A valuable contribution to the history of mental health care and of the racist applications of medicine."
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"A thorough, revelatory history of Southern psychiatric racism."

"From the author of the groundbreaking Memoir of a Race Traitor comes this compelling examination of racism in psychiatry through a case study of Milledgeville Asylum in Georgia."

"Through engrossing tales of historical characters, Segrest reveals how modern psychiatric practice was forged in the traumas of slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction, and Jim Crow."
--The Palm Beach Post

"After a decade of research, Mab Segrest, whose Memoir of a Race Traitor forever changed the way we think about race in America, turns sanity itself inside-out in a stunning book that will become an instant classic."
--365 Atlanta Traveler

"This valuable book helps to show how white supremacy shaped the definition and care of people with mental illness from the start, and how psychiatry remains in its shadow."