Madness, Cannabis and Colonialism: The 'Native Only' Lunatic Asylums of British India 1857-1900 / Edition 1

Madness, Cannabis and Colonialism: The 'Native Only' Lunatic Asylums of British India 1857-1900 / Edition 1

by J. Mills
ISBN-10:
0312233590
ISBN-13:
9780312233594
Pub. Date:
10/27/2000
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan UK

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Madness, Cannabis and Colonialism: The 'Native Only' Lunatic Asylums of British India 1857-1900 / Edition 1

This fascinating, entertaining, and often grueling book by James Mills examines the lunatic asylums set up by the British in 19th-century India. The author asserts that there was a growth in asylums following the Indian Mutiny, fuelled by the fear of itinerant and dangerous individuals, which existed primarily in the British imagination. Once established, however, these asylums, which were staffed by Indians and populated by Indians, quickly became arenas in which the designs of the British were contested and confronted. Mills argues that power is everywhere and is behind every action; colonial power is therefore just another way to assert control over the less powerful. The social history draws on official archives and documents based in Scotland, England, and India.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312233594
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 10/27/2000
Edition description: 2000
Pages: 227
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.03(d)

Table of Contents

The Asylum Archive: The Production of Knowledge at the Colonial Asylum
• 'The Lunatic Asylums of India are Filled with Ganja Smokers': Asylum Knowledge as Colonial Knowledge
• Discipling Populations: British Admissions to 'Native Only' Lunatic Asylums
• Disciplining Individuals: Treatment Regimes Inside 'Native Only' Lunatic Asylums
• : Indians into Asylums: Local Communities and the Medical Institution
• Indians Inside Asylums: Staff, Patients and Power
• Conclusion: Knowledge, Power and Agency

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