Asylums: Essays on the Social Situation of Mental Patients and Other Inmates

Asylums: Essays on the Social Situation of Mental Patients and Other Inmates

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by Erving Goffman
     
 

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Asylums is an analysis of life in "total institutions"—closed worlds like prisons, army camps, boarding schools, nursing homes and mental hospitals. It focuses on the relationship between the inmate and the institution, how the setting affects the person and how the person can deal with life on the inside.

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Asylums is an analysis of life in "total institutions"—closed worlds like prisons, army camps, boarding schools, nursing homes and mental hospitals. It focuses on the relationship between the inmate and the institution, how the setting affects the person and how the person can deal with life on the inside.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385000161
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/1961
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
275,515
Product dimensions:
5.19(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.82(d)

Meet the Author

Erving Goffman was Benjamin Franklin Professor of Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania until his death in 1982. He is recognized as one of the world’s foremost social theorists and much of his work still remains in print. Among his classic books are The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life, Interaction Ritual, Stigma, Notes on the Management of Spoiled Identity, and Frame Analysis.

William B. Helmreich is professor of sociology at CUNY Graduate Center and City College of New York and served as director of the Center for Jewish Studies at Queens College. He is author of eleven books, including The World of the Yeshiva: An Intimate Portrait of American Orthodoxy and Against All Odds: Holocaust Survivors and the Successful Lives They Made in America, which won the 1993 National Jewish Book Award.

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Asylums: Essays on the Social Situation of Mental Patients and Other Inmates 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
A_Sloan More than 1 year ago
Myth-busting book about mental illness Reading Asylums in a shattering and moving experience. Written by Erving Goffman, the book details the dead-end domain of those unfortunate to be locked away in "the prisons of the world" aka mental institutions, prisons, psych wards, boarding schools, army boot-camps, or nursing homes. The damage he uncovers is heartbreaking. What is feels like to be a prisoner in these secret worlds is examined down to the tiniest details. It's less of a confessional of horrific conditions but a sociology manifesto for the curious reader who likes to "go undercover" to discover why nurses in psychiatric hospitals have trouble finding employment doing anything else (hint: it has something to do with drawing blood). The book concludes with a conceptual breakdown, where with alarming speed Goffman examines psychiatry and its role in actually creating mental illness in this country. Although the writing is antiquated and the prose dusty, the facts Goffman unearths are crystal-clear.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very informative book about the macro-institutional systems. Covers numerous institutions and is very easy to follow and comprehend, unlike a Marx or Weber book. Highly reccomend to any student of Sociology.