Racialized Communities, Producing Madness and Dangerousness


  • Frank Keating Royal Holloway, University of London


critical race theory, dangerousness, intersectionality, madness, race, racialization


This article seeks to explore how issues of dangerousness and madness inform the experiences of racialized groups in England. It draws on insights from critical race theory and intersectionality to analyze the intersections between “race,” madness, and dangerousness. The understanding gained from this analysis is then applied to the evidence by drawing on two case studies of men who were perceived as dangerous. The article explores how issues of race are played out in social work and concludes that exploring the intersections between madness, race, and dangerousness should help us to move to a more nuanced understanding of the persistence of racial inequalities in mental health.