The Resource Insanity and the insane in post-famine Ireland, Mark Finnane

Insanity and the insane in post-famine Ireland, Mark Finnane

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Insanity and the insane in post-famine Ireland
Title
Insanity and the insane in post-famine Ireland
Statement of responsibility
Mark Finnane
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Ireland was the location of the earliest comprehensive public provision for the care and control of lunatics. Between 1817 and 1870 the British government in Ireland, through the chief secretary's office in Dublin, directed the establishment of 22 district lunatic asylums throughout the country. Initially welcomed by local gentry, clergy and judicial authorities, discontent with the institutions grew with the unceasing growth of asylum admissions after famine and the failure of the asylum to restore more than a small proportion of inmates to society. Political battles between central and local governments developed on the question of financial and administrative responsibility for the insane. This book examines the crisis through an analysis of the social function and context of the asylum. Institutionalism of a growing proportion of the Irish population proceeded particularly through judicial committal. A law which had been intended only for the detention of the 'dangerous lunatic' became the routine mode of dealing with a variety of ills from alcoholism to family violence. Overcrowding and institutional inertia had in effect confounded the plans and predictions of nineteenth-century bureaucrats and reformers while ensuring the increasing functional importance of the asylum in Irish society. -- Publisher description
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Finnane, Mark
Illustrations
maps
Index
index present
LC call number
RC450.I73
LC item number
F56 1981
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
WM 27 GI6
NLM item number
F5i 1981
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Psychiatric hospitals
  • Mental health policy
  • Hospitals, Psychiatric
  • Mental Disorders
  • Hôpitaux psychiatriques
  • Santé mentale
  • Politique sanitaire
  • Mental health policy
  • Psychiatric hospitals
  • Psychiatrische inrichtingen
  • Ireland
  • Ireland
Label
Insanity and the insane in post-famine Ireland, Mark Finnane
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes index
Bibliography note
Bibliography: p. 236-238
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Asylums for the lunatic poor, 1817-1867 -- The politics of lunatic asylums, 1867-1914 -- The law and the insane -- Insanity: the contexts of committal -- The asylum: custody, treatment, control -- Epilogue
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
241 pages
Isbn
9780389202127
Lccn
81066330
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
map
System control number
(OCoLC)7555277
Label
Insanity and the insane in post-famine Ireland, Mark Finnane
Publication
Note
Includes index
Bibliography note
Bibliography: p. 236-238
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Asylums for the lunatic poor, 1817-1867 -- The politics of lunatic asylums, 1867-1914 -- The law and the insane -- Insanity: the contexts of committal -- The asylum: custody, treatment, control -- Epilogue
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
241 pages
Isbn
9780389202127
Lccn
81066330
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
map
System control number
(OCoLC)7555277

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