considering the similarities between both of my essays on narratives, discourses, and representations, perhaps references to Goffman’s work on Stigma, and Bordieu’s symbolic violence would be relevant?
writing about social problems associated with framing and narratives around race. I’m choosing to discuss mental health in black people, such as how the “black male and violent” narrative leads to misdiagnosing blacks as schizophrenic, inaccessibility to talkative therapies, and greater involvement of police services. there’s also the “unintelligent black” narrative, a perpetual discourse that goes as far back as the 1800s which is internalised in mental health practitioners and guides their decision to deny black people talkative therapies because they lack the insight to cooperate.
Mental health is seen as an individual problem, in the same way that poverty is. Yet there are structural inequalities that exist in our society’s institutions that go completely unrecognised. It is, in my mind, a vicious cycle. Black people deal with racism which creates their mental health issues or worsens it in some cases. But they can’t seek immediate help because the mental health service is not representative of them and is Eurocentric.