Immigration, Mental Health and Psychosocial Well-being

Thurka Sangaramoorthy, Megan A. Carney

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Abstract

Anthropological approaches to “immigrant mental health” as an object of ethnographic inquiry can illuminate how psychosocial well-being–or decline–and the therapeutic realm of mental health is always enacted by a variety of institutions and social actors. The ways that mental health is understood and approached across different geographical and social settings are constitutive of a range of cultural meanings, norms, and social relations. The authors in this special section provide crucial insights into the landscape of immigrant mental health and how the experience of multiple exclusions influences collective psychosocial well-being. They also illustrate the extent to which narratives shape the production of knowledge around immigration and health, engendering direct effects on public policy, social imaginaries, and community health. Future research in the anthropology of immigration and mental health will need to further elucidate the structural underpinnings and racial capitalist origins of psychosocial decline.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)591-597
Number of pages7
JournalMedical Anthropology: Cross Cultural Studies in Health and Illness
Volume40
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Immigration
  • immigrants
  • mental health
  • psychosocial well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Anthropology

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