Insanity, Institutions, and Society, 1800-1914: A Social History of Madness in Comparative Perspective

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Joseph Melling, Bill Forsythe
Routledge, 1999 - History - 328 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.

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