Roland Littlewood

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Roland Littlewood is a British anthropologist and psychiatrist, and Professor of Anthropology and Psychiatry at University College London.[1] He is the co-author (with Maurice Lipsedge) of the book Aliens and Alienists, now in its third edition. During his career, he was President of the Royal Anthropological Institute from 1994 to 1997.[2]

Littlewood has interests in the (medical and social) anthropology of the Caribbean, Albania and Britain. He has written extensively about the diagnosis of the black immigrant population in the UK.[3]

Published works (selection)[edit]

  • with Edmund Leach, Meyer Fortes: Pathology and identity. The Work of Mother Earth in Trinidad. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 1993, ISBN 0-521-02615-6 (also reprinted in 2006).
  • The Butterfly and the serpent. Essays in psychiatry, race and religion. Free Association Books, London 1998, ISBN 1-85343-399-3.
  • Ed.: Cultural psychiatry & medical anthropology. An introduction and reader. Athlone Press, London 2000, ISBN 0-485-11527-1.
  • Religion, agency, restitution. The Wilde lectures in natural religion 1999. Oxford University Press, Oxford 2001, ISBN 0-19-924197-X.
  • Pathologies of the West. An anthropology of mental illness in Europe and America. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, N.Y. 2002, ISBN 0-8014-3934-5.
  • with Maurice Lipsedge: Aliens and alienists. Ethnic minorities and psychiatry. Penguin, Harmondsworth 1982. (3rd Edition. Routledge, Hove 2004, ISBN 0-415-15724-2).
  • On knowing and not knowing in the anthropology of medicine. Left Coast Press, Walnut Creek, California 2007, ISBN 978-1-59874-275-6 .

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Roland Littlewood (UCL)". University College London. Retrieved 5 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Council". Royal Anthropological Institute. RAI. Retrieved 5 March 2017. 
  3. ^ Littlewood, Roland; Lipsedge, Maurice (1978). "Migration, Ethnicity and Diagnosis". Psychiatria clin. 11 (1). doi:10.1159/000283721. Retrieved 5 March 2017.