Sex, Religion, and the Making of Modern Madness

Sex, Religion, and the Making of Modern Madness : The Eberbach Asylum and German Society, 1815-1849

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Drawing upon a rich set of asylum patient case records, this book reconstructs the encounter of state officials and medical practitioners with peasant madness and deviancy at a transitional period in German and psychiatry history. Focusing on religious madness, nymphomania, masturbatory insanity, and Jewishness, this study probes the daily encounters in which psychiatric categories were applied, experienced, and resisted in the settings of family, village, and insane asylum. Goldberg's careful examination sheds light on a range of issues concerning gender, sexuality, religious politics, class relations, state-building, and anti-Semitism.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 246 pages
  • 163.1 x 244.3 x 25.1mm | 651.92g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 4 halftones, 1 map
  • 0195125819
  • 9780195125818
  • 2,004,258

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Ann Goldberg has written an excellent social histor of madness in the first decades of the modern insane asylum ... a sensitive micro-study. * Isabel V. Hull, German History, 18,3. * One of Goldberg's most important accomplishments is to restore religion to its central place in the development of modern insanity. * Isabel V. Hull, German History 18,3. * Goldberg is equally good at showing how patients tried to overcome the immense power gradient between them and the doctors, and how their efforts so often succeeded only in confirming a diagnosis of insanity. * Isabel V. Hull, German History 18,3. * Goldberg's excellent study ... raises many fruitful questions for future research. It demonstrates well how sensitive, deep reading of local sources can deepen our understanding of large-scale social, intellectual and institutional transformations. * Isabel V. Hull, German History 18,3. *show more

About Ann Goldberg

Ann Goldberg is an assistant professor of history at the University of California, Riverside.show more

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