Asylums: Essays on the Social Situation of Mental Patients and Other Inmates

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Doubleday, 1961 - Psychology - 386 pages
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Asylums is an analysis of life in "total institutions"--closed worlds like prisons, army camps, boarding schools, nursing homes and mental hospitals. It focuses on the relationship between the inmate and the institution, how the setting affects the person and how the person can deal with life on the inside.

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Review: Asylums: Essays on the Social Situation of Mental Patients and Other Inmates

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Interesting insight into the world of total institutions and specifically the socialization of mental patients. Kind of disorienting to read if you identify as having some kind of mental illness. Read full review

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This is the most useful book that I read during my entire university education! Reading this book helped me see everyday institutional interactions in a whole new way and helped me understand power ... Read full review

Contents

On the Characteristics of Total Institutions
1
The Moral Career of the Mental Patient
125
A Study
171
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About the author (1961)

Erving Goffman, an American sociologist, received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He is known for his distinctive method of research and writing. He was concerned with defining and uncovering the rules that govern social behavior down to the minutest details. He contributed to interactionist theory by developing what he called the "dramaturgical approach," according to which behavior is seen as a series of mini-dramas. Goffman studied social interaction by observing it himself---no questionnaires, no research assistants, no experiments. The title of his first book, The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life (1959), became one of the themes of all of his subsequent research. He also observed and wrote about the social environment in which people live, as in his Total Institutions. He taught his version of sociology at the University of Pennsylvania; he died in 1983, the year in which he served as president of the American Sociological Association.

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