Social Class and Mental Illness in Northern Europe: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Social Class and Mental Illness in Northern Europe

1st Edition

Edited by Petteri Pietikäinen, Jesper Vaczy Kragh


240 pages

Purchasing Options:$ = USD
Hardback: 9781138361690
pub: 2019-10-25
SAVE ~$28.00
Available for pre-order

FREE Standard Shipping!


This book examines the relationship between social class and mental illness in Northern Europe during the 20th century. Contributors explore the socioeconomic status of mental patients, the possible influence of social class on the diagnoses and treatment they received in psychiatric institutions, and how social class affected the ways in which the problems of minorities, children and various ‘deviants’ and ‘misfits’ were evaluated and managed by mental health professionals. The basic message of the book is that, even in developing welfare states founded on social equality, social class has been a significant factor that has affected mental health in many different ways – and still does.

Table of Contents


Petteri Pietikainen and Jesper Vaczy Kragh

Part I: Social Class and Mental Health Care

  1. Pity the Poor Patient: The Indigent Mentally Ill in Late 19th and Early 20th-Century Finland
  2. Petteri Pietikainen

  3. Mental Illness and Social Class in Northern Norway, 1900-1940
  4. Åshild Fause

  5. Citizens, Patients or Paupers? Class and Mental Health in Post-War Britain
  6. Vicky Long

  7. After Patient Murder. Asylum Psychiatry in the Four German Occupation Zones after World War II
  8. Maike Rotzoll

  9. Children on the Move. Psychiatric Encounters with Child Evacuees Returning to Post-War Finland
  10. Tuomas Laine-Frigren

    Part II: Psychiatry, Crime and Deviance

  11. Social Class and Opiate Addiction in European Psychiatry, 1870-1955
  12. Jesper Vaczy Kragh

  13. Psychopaths, Querulants and Class: On Controversial Diagnoses, Money, Norms, and Networks in Sweden in the 1930s and 1940s
  14. Annika Berg

  15. Unsound of Mind: Crime, Madness and Forensic Psychiatry in Denmark and Finland in the First Decades of the 20th century
  16. Jesper Vaczy Kragh and Petteri Pietikainen

  17. The Ideal of the Respectable Woman: Social Class and Femininity in Forensic Assessments of Female Patients at Østmarka Asylum, 1938–1969
  18. Maria Antonie Sæther

  19. Liberating the Deviants: How to Change the Politics of Social Control – a Case Study from Finland, 1967-1971

Katariina Parhi and Mikko Myllykangas


About the Editors

Petteri Pietikäinen is Professor of the History of Science and Ideas at the University of Oulu, Finland

Jesper Vaczy Kragh is principle investigator at Psychiatry Region Zealand and a Fellow at CoRe, the University of Copenhagen, Denmark

About the Series

Routledge Studies in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine

Studies in the History of Science Technology and Medicine aims to stimulate research in the field, concentrating on the twentieth century. It seeks to contribute to our understanding of science, technology and medicine as they are embedded in society, exploring the links between the subjects on the one hand, and the cultural, economic, political and institutional contexts of their genesis and development on the other. Within this framework, and while not favouring any particular methodological approach, the series welcomes studies which examine relations between science, technology, medicine and society in new ways, e.g. the social construction of technologies, large technical systems.

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / Germany
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
HISTORY / Europe / Scandinavia
HISTORY / Social History