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Sex and Seclusion, Class and Custody: Perspectives on Gender and Class in the History of British and Irish Psychiatry

Sex and Seclusion, Class and Custody: Perspectives on Gender and Class in the History of British and Irish Psychiatry


Edited by Jonathan Andrews, Edited by Anne Digby

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  • Publisher: Editions Rodopi B.V.
  • Format: Paperback | 344 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 225mm x 35mm | 350g
  • Publication date: 1 January 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Leiden
  • ISBN 10: 9042011769
  • ISBN 13: 9789042011762

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This innovative collection of essays concentrates on the gendered and class aspects of the history of asylums, psychiatry and mental illness, building on and extending a great deal of scholarship in this field in the past three decades. Showcasing historical and sociological approaches and findings from a group of leading scholars in the field, this volume features important case studies of psychiatry and insanity in a variety of British and Irish socio-cultural, economic and political contexts, over the long time period from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. While previous publications on this subject have tended to address class or gender incidentally, partially, or in isolation, contributors to this volume focus assiduously on both subjects and are thus able to explore their interaction. By adopting this dual focus as its unifying theme, the volume also supplies new insights into such interesting topics as patient careers, the relationship between lay and professional knowledge of insanity, the boundaries of professional power, and the creation of psychiatric knowledge. It permits the reader an unrivalled access to current debates on how class and gender have historically affected and conditioned the language, thinking and processes according to which society identified and responded to the mentally ill. Particularly useful to student readers (or those new to this academic field) is a substantive and accessible introduction to existing scholarship in the field, which signposts the ways in which this collection challenges, adjusts and extends previous perspectives

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