1st Edition

Beyond the Masks Race, Gender and Subjectivity

By Amina Mama Copyright 1995

    Psychology has had a number of things to say about black and coloured people, none of them favourable, and most of which have reinforced stereotyped and derogatory images. Beyond the Masks is a readable account of black psychology, exploring key theoretical issues in race and gender. In it, Amina Mama examines the history of racist psychology, and of the implicit racism throughout the discipline. Beyond the Masks also offers an important theoretical perspective, and will appeal to all those involved with ethnic minorities, gender politics and questions of identity.

    1 Introduction 2 Enslaving the soul of the Other 3 Inventing black identity 4 Researching subjectivity 5 Locating the individual in history 6 Black British subjects 7 Psychodynamics of racialised subjectivity 8 Black femininity 9 Charting post-colonial subjectivities


    Amina Mama is an academic who works with a range of African and European institutions. She holds a doctorate in psychology and teaches feminist studies and gender and development studies. Her earlier book The Hidden Struggle (1989) was the first published study of woman abuse in Britain’s black communities. Married to Somali novelist Nuruddin Farah, she has a daughter and currently resides in Kaduna.