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Madness, Architecture and the Built Environment
Psychiatric Spaces in Historical Context

ISBN 9780415511629
Published December 9, 2011 by Routledge
358 Pages 39 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This is the first volume of papers devoted to an examination of the relationship between mental health/illness and the construction and experience of space. This historical analysis with contributions from leading experts will enlighten and intrigue in equal measure. The first rigorous scholarly analysis of its kind in book form, it will be of particular interest to the history, psychiatry and architecture communities.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Interpreting Psychiatric Spaces - Madhouses, Asylums and Hospitals in Context  2. Sculptural Decoration and Spatial Experience in Early Modern Dutch Asylums  3. The Architecture of Confinement: Urban Public Asylums in England, 1750-1820  4. Placing Psychiatric Practices: On the Spatial Configurations and Contests of Professional Labour in Late-Nineteenth Century Germany - Case Studies in Psychiatric Space  5. A Space for Moral Management: The York Retreat’s Influence on Asylum Design  6. Scaling the Asylum: Three Geographies of the Inverness District Lunatic Asylum  7. This Coy and Secluded Dwelling: Broadmoor Asylum for the Criminally Insane - Beyond the Institution  8. The Architecture of Madness: Informal and Formal Spaces of Treatment and Care in Nineteenth-Century New Jersey  9. Community Spaces and Psychiatric Family Care in Belgium, France and Germany: A Comparative Study -Race and Space in Colonial Asylums  10. The Great Asylum Laundry: Space, Classification and Imperialism in Cape Town  11. Waltraud Ernst, Madness and Colonial Spaces – British India, c. 1800-1947 - Architects and Institutions  12. The Modern Mental Hospital in Late Nineteenth-Century Germany and Austria: Psychiatric Space and Images of Freedom and Control  13. The Architect and the Pauper Asylum in Late Nineteenth-Century England: G. T. Hine's 1901 Review of Asylum Space and Planning - Spatial Players: Professionals and Patients  14. Controlling Space, Transforming Visibility: Psychiatrists, Nursing Staff, Violence and the Case of Haematoma Auris in German Psychiatry c. 1830 to 1870  15. ‘A Small Corner That’s For Myself’: Space, Place and Patients’ Experiences of Mental Health Care, 1948-1998


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Leslie Topp is Lecturer in History of Art at Birkbeck College, University of London.She is the author of Architecture and Truth in Fin-de-Siècle Vienna (Cambridge University Press, 2004) and articles on the connections between modern architecture and psychiatry.

James E. Moran is Associate Professor in History at the University of Prince Edward Island.His publications include Committed to the State Asylum: Insanity and Society in Nineteenth-Century Quebec and Ontario (2000), and with David Wright, Mental Health in Canadian Society: Historical Perspectives (2006).

Jonathan Andrews is a lecturer in the School of Historical Studies and Northern Centre for the History of Medicine, Newcastle University. His publications include (with A. Scull) Undertaker of the Mind and Customers and Patrons of the Mad Trade (University of California Press, 2001, 2003), and (with R. Porter et al.) The History of Bethlem (Routledge, 1997).