The book is organized into the following three sections: Theoretical and General Issues, Specific Mental Health Conditions Across Cultures, and Management Issues in the Cultural Context. In the first section, the chapter on "Globalization, Psychiatry and Human Rights," by Brendan Kelly, opens with a discussion on economic theories and socioeconomic equality. The chapter includes a discussion of human rights and large-scale social change and how these may influence mental illness at the population level. The chapter on "Racism, Racial Life Events and Mental Health," by Bhugra and Ayonrinde, makes a case for accumulated racial life experiences as an often unrecognized etiological factor in medical illnesses, such as hypertension and several psychiatric conditions. The authors acknowledge a shortage of data related to racism and racial life events, but based on the limited existing evidence, they suggest that racism may serve as a chronic stressor in some groups of individuals and affect clinical presentation. The authors, however, rightly warn against overgeneralization and interpretation of such findings, since the data are relatively unclear.