Insanity, Institutions and Society, 1800-1914 by Bill Forsythe, Joseph Melling

By Bill Forsythe, Joseph Melling

A invaluable consultant to present paintings within the social and cultural historical past of madness, this booklet presents a complete precis of the debates at the progress of institutional care in the course of the 19th and 20th centuries. utilizing the English version to enquire the importance of ethnicity, race and gender, in addition to political and cultural components, the ebook additionally gains stories in Wales, Scotland, eire, India and South Africa, and analyzes the background of colonial drugs extra usually.

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221–64, cited p. 157, n. 40. 4 J. Welshman, ‘Community care: the policy background in England and Wales, 1948–74’. Paper presented to the SSHM Conference on Insanity, Institutions and Society, April 1997, University of Exeter [hereafter SSHM Exeter]. I am grateful for permission to cite this paper. B. Luckin, ‘Towards a social history of institutionalisation’ Social History, 8, 1, 1983, pp. 91–3 and passim, provides a critical note on institutions, medicine and community. 5 M. Foucault, Madness and Civilisation: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason, New York, Random, 1985 edn; see P.

Joyce, Visions of the People: Industrial England and the Question of Class, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1990. H. Sewell, ‘Language and practice in cultural history: backing away from the edge of the cliff’ French Historical Studies, 21, 2, 1998, pp. 250–1 and passim, attempts to combine semiotic and mechanistic explanations of historical transformations. ‘The English bastile’ Social Science Review, 3, 1865, noted that the English county lunatic asylum resembled ‘a large mansion’ whilst the Union workhouse or ‘bastile’ had the appearance of ‘a factory or huge storehouse’.

Adair, ‘The New Poor Law and the county pauper lunatic asylum’ Social History of Medicine, 9, 1996, pp. 335–55. N. Grob, ‘Marxian analysis and mental illness’ History of Psychiatry, 1, 1990, especially pp. 225–8 for similar criticisms. A. de Swaan, ‘The reluctant imperialism of the medical profession’ Social Science Medicine, 28, 11, 1989, pp. 1,165–70. De Swaan draws heavily on Elias’s notion of the civilising process and the kind of rational choice models which Richard Smith also discusses. See note 29 above.

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