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OLIVEIRA, Regina Marques de Souza. Lavender scent: Neusa Souza, Virginia and racism in psychology. Arq. bras. psicol. [online]. 2020, vol.72, n.spe, pp. 48-65. ISSN 1809-5267.

The article portrays aspects of the life of the medical psychiatrist Neusa Santos Souza and biographical elements of Virgínia Leone Bicudo. Both psychoanalysts, black and avant-garde pioneers in psychology and psychoanalysis and calculatedly invisible in scientific academies. The objective is to organize, in the form of a psychological poetic essay, the cultural context existing in the childhood and adolescence of the black psychoanalyst born in Bahia, before settling in Rio de Janeiro. The importance of black scientists for the psychological construction and psychoanalysis of mental health in ethnic relations is observed. Neusa is the central thinker of the text. However, Virginia and other black male and female thinkers important to the science of mental health are presented in the course of the narrative. The result converges to overcoming the epistemicide that the Eurocentric academy in psychology insists on carrying out.

Palabras clave : Black scientists; Psychoanalysis; Racism; Psychology; Ancestry.

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