Coercive confinement in Ireland: Patients, prisoners and penitents

Coercive confinement in Ireland: Patients, prisoners and penitents


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Coercive confinement in Ireland: Patients, prisoners and penitents by Eoin O'Sullivan, Ian O'Donnell

This book provides an overview of the incarceration of tens of thousands of men, women and children during the first fifty years of Irish independence. Psychiatric hospitals, mother and baby homes, Magdalen homes, reformatory and industrial schools, prisons and borstal formed a network of institutions of coercive confinement that was integral to the emerging state. The book, now available in paperback after performing superbly in hardback, provides a wealth of contemporaneous accounts of what life was like within these austere and forbidding places as well as offering a compelling explanation for the longevity of the system and the reasons for its ultimate decline. While many accounts exist of individual institutions and the factors associated with their operation, this is the first attempt to provide a holistic account of the interlocking range of institutions that dominated the physical landscape and, in many ways, underpinned the rural economy. Highlighting the overlapping roles of church, state and family in the maintenance of these forms of social control, this book will appeal to those interested in understanding twentieth-century Ireland: in particular, historians, legal scholars, criminologists, sociologists and other social scientists.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780719095450
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication date: 04/16/2014
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Eoin O'Sullivan is Head of the School of Social Work and Social Policy and Fellow of Trinity College, Dublin

Ian O'Donnell is Professor of Criminology at University College Dublin and Adjunct Fellow of Linacre College, Oxford

Table of Contents


1. Setting the scene

Part I: Patients, paupers and unmarried mothers

2. How to deal with the unmarried mother - Sagart

3. The unmarried mother: some legal aspects of the problem - Richard Devane

4. A plea for social service - Humbert MacInerny

5. Report Commission on the relief of the sick and destitute poor, including the insane poor

6. Report Inter-departmental committee appointed to examine the question of the reconstruction and replacement of county homes

7. Irish journey - Halliday Sutherland

8. Report commission of inquiry on mental illness

9. No birthright: a study of the Irish unmarried mother and her child - Michael Viney

10. Bird's nest soup - Hanna Greally

11. Mental illness: an inquiry - Michael Viney

Part II: Prisoners

12. The prisons - Edward Fahy

13. I did penal servitude - D83222

14. Prisons and prisoners in Ireland: report on certain aspects of prison conditions in portlaoighise convict prison - The Labour Party

15. The spyhole - Shea Murphy

16. Dungeons deep: a monograph on prisons, Borstals, reformatories and industrial schools in the republic of Ireland, and some reflections on crime and punishment and matters relating thereto - Peadar Cowan

Part III: Troubled and troublesome children

17. Report commission of Inquiry into the Reformatory and Industrial School System

18. Memorandum on children in institutions, boarded out and nurse children - Joint Committee of Women's Societies and Social Workers

19. Founded on fear: letterfrack industrial school, war and exile - Peter Tyrrell

20. Some of our children: a report on the residential care of the deprived child in Ireland - Tuairim

21. The dismal world of Daingean - Michael Viney

22. Report Committee and reformatory and industrial schools systems

23. The road to God knows where - Sean Maher


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