Insanity, Institutions and Society, 1800-1914

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A valuable guide to current work in the social and cultural history of insanity, this book provides a comprehensive summary of the debates on the growth of institutional care during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Using the English model to investigate the significance of ethnicity, race and gender, as well as political and cultural factors, the book also features studies in Wales, Scotland, Ireland, India and South Africa, and analyzes the history of colonial medicine ...

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A valuable guide to current work in the social and cultural history of insanity, this book provides a comprehensive summary of the debates on the growth of institutional care during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Using the English model to investigate the significance of ethnicity, race and gender, as well as political and cultural factors, the book also features studies in Wales, Scotland, Ireland, India and South Africa, and analyzes the history of colonial medicine more generally.

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Notes on contributors
Preface
1 Accommodating madness: new research in the social history of insanity and institutions 1
Pt. I The English experience of the country lunatic asylum 31
2 The county asylum in the mixed economy of care, 1808-1845 33
3 The asylum and the Poor Law: the productive alliance 48
4 Politics of lunacy: central state regulation and the Devon Pauper Lunatic Asylum, 1845-1914 68
5 The discharge of pauper lunatics from county asylums in mid-Victorian England: the case of Buckinghamshire, 1853-1872 93
Pt. II Therapeutic regimes in the nineteenth century 113
6 Framing psychiatric subjectivity: doctor, patient and record-keeping at Bethlem in the nineteenth century 115
7 'Destined to a perfect recovery': the confinement of puerperal insanity in the nineteenth century 137
Pt. III On the edge: the English model and national peripheries 157
8 Establishing the 'rule of kindness': the foundation of the North Wales Lunatic Asylum, Denbigh 159
9 'The property of the whole community'. Charity and insanity in urban Scotland: the Dundee Royal Lunatic Asylum, 1805-1850 180
10 Raising the tone of asylumdom: maintaining and expelling pauper lunatics at the Glasgow Royal Asylum in the nineteenth century 200
11 'The designs of providence': race, religion and Irish insanity 223
Pt. IV The colonial vision 243
12 Out of sight and out of mind: insanity in early-nineteenth-century British India 245
13 'Every facility that modern science and enlightened humanity have devised': race and progress in a colonial hospital, Valkenberg Mental Asylum, Cape Colony, 1894-1910 268
Pt. V Reflections 293
14 Rethinking the history of asylumdom 295
Select bibliography of the history of insanity 316
Index 319
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