Mental Illness and Learning Disability since 1850: Finding a Place for Mental Disorder in the United Kingdom [NOOK Book]

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Taking forward the debate on the role and power of institutions for treating and incarcerating the insane, this volume challenges recent scholarship and focuses on a wide range of factors impacting on the care and confinement of the insane since 1850, including such things as the community, Poor Law authorities, local government and the voluntary sector.


Questioning the notion that institutions were generally ‘benign’ and responsive to the ...

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Mental Illness and Learning Disability since 1850: Finding a Place for Mental Disorder in the United Kingdom

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Overview

Taking forward the debate on the role and power of institutions for treating and incarcerating the insane, this volume challenges recent scholarship and focuses on a wide range of factors impacting on the care and confinement of the insane since 1850, including such things as the community, Poor Law authorities, local government and the voluntary sector.


Questioning the notion that institutions were generally ‘benign’ and responsive to the needs of households, this work also emphasizes the important role of the diversity of interests in shaping institutional facilities.



A fresh, stimulating step forward in the history of institutional care, Mental Illness and Learning Disability since 1850 is undoubtedly an important resource for student and scholar alike.

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List of illustrations     ix
Notes on contributors     x
Acknowledgements     xii
The politics of mental welfare: fresh perspectives on the history of institutional care for the mentally ill and disabled   Pamela Dale   Joseph Melling     1
Workhouse care of the insane, 1845-90   Elaine Murphy     24
Needs and desires in the care of pauper lunatics: admissions to Worcester Asylum, 1852-72   Frank Crompton     46
'Buried alive by her friends': asylum narratives and the English governess, 1845-1914   Joseph Melling     65
Separatism and exclusion: women in psychiatry, 1900-50   Louise Westwood     91
Family, gender and class in psychiatric patient care during the 1930s: the 1930 Mental Treatment Act and the Devon Mental Hospital   David Pearce     112
The 'manufacture' of mental defectives: why the number of mental defectives increased in Scotland, 1857-1939   Matt Egan     131
Tension in the voluntary-statutory alliance: 'lay professionals' and the planning and delivery of mental deficiency services, 1917-45   Pamela Dale     154
'A satisfactory job is the best psychotherapist': employment and mental health, 1939-60   Vicky Long     179
Inside the walls of the hostel, 1940-74   John Welshman     200
Landmarks in the care of the mentally disordered     224
Select bibliography and further reading     225
Index     229
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