Annual Report 2002 - Cornell University
004 Selected Books by Faculty

17 Vilma Santiago-Irizarry, Anthropology

Medicalizing Ethnicity: The Construction of Latino Identity in a Psychiatric Setting (Cornell University Press, 2001). Cultural sensitivity was introduced in three bilingual, bicultural psychiatric programs for Latino patients at public mental health facilities in New York City. Santiago-Irizarry's book establishes that this act led to an assertion of Anglo-American standards of behavior and negative definitions of Latino culture. It highlights how good intentions can produce unintended consequences. Santiago-Irizarry questions the definition of multiculturalism used by a variety of institutional settings in an attempt to mandate equality.

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