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Insanity, Institutions and Society, 1800-1914

1st Edition

Edited by Bill Forsythe, Joseph Melling


352 pages

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This comprehensive collection provides a fascinating summary of the debates on the growth of institutional care during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Revising and revisiting Foucault, it looks at the significance of ethnicity, race and gender as well as the impact of political and cultural factors, throughout Britain and in a colonial context. It questions historically what it means to be mad and how, if at all, to care.


'The editors and contributors to Insanity, Institutions and Society deserve our thanks for significantly expanding our understanding of the rise of the asylum in nineteenth-century Britain.' - Gerald N. Grob, Rutgers University

'This excellent collection focuses on the early English county asylum system; shifts in therapeutic regimes; the reform of administrative structures in Wales, Scotland and Ireland; and contemporaneous developments in South Africa and the Raj' - Bill Luckin, Economic History Review

Table of Contents

Len Smith, Birmingham; Peter Bartlett, Nottingham University; Pamela Michael and David Hirst, both at University of Wales, Bangor; David Wright, Nottingham University; Waltraud Ernst, Southampton University; Andrew Scull, University of California; Bill Forsythe, Richard Adair and Jo Melling all at Exeter University; Shula Marks, SOAS, University of London; Oonagh Wa;sh, University of Aberdeen; Lorraine Walsh; Jonathan Andrews, Oxford Brookes University; Akihito Suzuki, University of Tokyo; Hilary Marland, University of Warwick.

About the Editors

Insanity, Institutions and Society, 1800-1914

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General