Sex, Religion, and the Making of Modern Madness : The Eberbach Asylum and German Society, 1815-1849
Drawing upon a set of asylum patient case records, this text reconstructs the encounter of state officials and medical practitioners with peasant madness and deviancy at a transitional period in German and psychiatric history.
- Electronic book text | 247 pages
- 01 Dec 1999
- Oxford University Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
"Goldberg is...never satisfied with simple monocausal explanations, but moves sensitively and surefootedly through dense matrices of cultural factors, social pressures, political endeavors, and medical theorizing." --Central European History"This is a taut, concise and well-written analysis. It is also a richly nuanced and multilayered study, at once theoretically sophisticate and concretely historical."-- Journal of Modern History "Goldberg's remarkable study of mental illness in early nineteenth-century Germany places the phenomenon of insanity squarely within the context of a late absolutist regime and a crisis-ridden, impoverished social and economic order. Her account of the gendered structuring of madness, its bureaucratic politics, and its connections to religious enthusiasm and religious prejudice offers an unexpected but extraordinarily illuminating insight into state and society in Germany before the revolution of 1848."--Jonathan Sperber, University of Missouri"Goldberg's enterprise is an original and long-missed contribution to the social and cultural history of madness in the first half of the nineteenth century. Her work provides at the same time valuable insights into the broader field of the history of peasant culture and social experience, especially in the rural world of Nassau. The strength of Goldberg's work is an outstanding and sensitive interpretation of the individual's experience of madness as a language of distress and dissent in rural lower-class culture that was shaped by gender and ethnicity."--Doris Kaufmann, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin"Ann Goldberg's new book opens a challenging new dimension of nineteenth-century German social history. We've had histories of asylums and medicalization in other national fields for some years, likewise a profusion of works on the formation of Germany's bourgeois culture. There is even the kernel of a literature on early nineteenth-century Germa
About Ann Goldberg
Ann Goldberg is an assistant professor of history at the University of California, Riverside.