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Under the Strain of Color – Harlem's Lafargue Clinic and the Promise of an Antiracist Psychiatry - Cornell Scholarship Online
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Under the Strain of Color: Harlem's Lafargue Clinic and the Promise of an Antiracist Psychiatry

Gabriel N. Mendes


This book recaptures the history of a largely forgotten New York City institution that embodied new ways of thinking about mental health, race, and the substance of citizenship. Harlem’s Lafargue Mental Hygiene Clinic was founded in 1946 as both a practical response to the need for low-cost psychotherapy and counseling for black residents (many of whom were recent migrants to the city) and a model for nationwide efforts to address racial disparities in the provision of mental health care in the United States. The result of a collaboration among the psychiatrist and social critic Dr. Fredric We ... More

Keywords: mental health care, race, citizenship, Lafargue Mental Hygiene Clinic, psychotherapy, counselling, racial disparity, antiblack racism, class oppression

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780801453502
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801453502.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gabriel N. Mendes, author
Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies and of Urban Studies and Planning, the University of California, San Diego