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|Pringle Y.; Musisi S.
|HERITAGE, DEVELOPMENT, AND MENTAL HEALTH
Pringle Y.; Musisi S. HERITAGE, DEVELOPMENT, AND MENTAL HEALTH,Critical Approaches to Heritage for Development
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|This chapter outlines the ways that mental health has become a key part of global health, development, and peacebuilding. It argues that heritage is increasingly being utilised in these fields, with heritage regarded as contributing to mental health as a development outcome. This includes reconciliation and healing through complex rituals, such as funerals and last rites. It also includes the ways that orature and other forms of cultural heritage serves as a resource for communities—for public expression, dissent, and resistance, as well as for well-being. Despite this, there remains a lack of critical reflection on the ways that the past can offer new ways of thinking about what mental health means, and how to achieve it. The case study presented in this chapter—heritage, development, and mental health in Uganda—draws out the practical relevance of existing research and practice, with a focus on: Heritage and healing in post-conflict Uganda; the place of communities and heritage in mental health projects; and colonial heritage and its impact on mental health. © 2023 selection and editorial matter, Charlotte Cross and John D. Giblin; individual chapters, the contributors.