1st Edition

Health and the Modern Home

Edited By Mark Jackson Copyright 2007
    350 Pages
    by Routledge

    350 Pages
    by Routledge

    Health and the Modern Home explores shifting and contentious debates about the impact of the domestic environment on health in the modern period. Drawing on recent scholarship, contributors expose the socio-political context in which the physical and emotional environment of "the modern home" and "family" became implicated in the maintenance of health and in the aetiology and pathogenesis of diverse psychological and physical conditions. In addition, they critically analyze the manner in which the expression and articulation of medical concerns about the domestic environment served to legitimate particular political and ideological positions.

    Table of Contents:

    1. Introduction

    Mark Jackson

    Part One Emotional health and the home

    2. Inventing the suburban neurosis

    Rhodri Hayward

    3. Anne Sexton’s poetics of the suburbs

    Jo Gill

    4. `Keeping going’; the housewife, neuroses and the domestic environment, 1945-70

    Ali Haggett

    5. `A Bill of Divorcement’: theatrical and cinematic portrayals of mental and marital

    breakdown in the dysfunctional upper/middle-class family, 1921-31

    Michael Clark

    6. `I thought you would want to come and see his home’: child guidance and

    psychiatric social work in the inter-war period

    John Stewart

    7. `Rabbits and rebels’: the medicalisation and marginalisation of maladjusted

    children in mid-twentieth-century Britain

    Sarah Hayes

    8. `Allergy con amore’: psychodynamic approaches to asthma in the mid-twentieth


    Mark Jackson


    Part Two Health and the material environment

    9. Cockroaches, housing and race: a history of asthma and urban ecology in America

    Gregg Mitman

    10. Social scientists and civil servants: the transmitted deprivation debate, 1970-82

    John Welshman

    11. The home fires: heat, health and housing in Britain, circa 1900-1960

    Stephen Mosley

    12. Clean air, coal and the regulation of the domestic hearth in post-war Britain

    Catherine Mills

    13. A case in which going beyond narrowly viewing the home as environment changed

    medicine: childhood lead poisoning

    John Burnham

    14. Into the mouths of babes: hyperactivity, food additives, and the rejection of the

    Feingold Diet

    Matthew Smith





    Mark Jackson is Professor of the History of Medicine and Director of the Centre for Medical History at the University of Exeter. He is the author of New-Born Child Murder (Manchester, 1996), The Borderland of Imbecility (Manchester, 2000), and Allergy: The History of a Modern Malady (London, 2006).