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Madness in the Family
Insanity and Institutions in the Australasian Colonial World, 1860-1914
 
 
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18 Nov 2009
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Madness in the Family is the first comparative study of families and insanity: a trans-colonial study of the relationships between European families and public colonial hospitals for the insane in Australia and New Zealand between 1860 and 1914.  It explores issues such as how colonial families coped with insanity, interaction between physicians and the sick, and whether physicians and families had different ways of viewing, describing, and treating insanity. Drawing on rich and moving archival evidence the book also raises methodological and theoretical questions about the asylum archive. What we can ever 'know' about mental breakdown in the past is contingent upon the way the archival sources have been collated, what is extant, and how we read these materials.


Description


Madness in the Family is the first comparative study of families and insanity: a trans-colonial study of the relationships between European families and public colonial hospitals for the insane in Australia and New Zealand between 1860 and 1914.  It explores issues such as how colonial families coped with insanity, interaction between physicians and the sick, and whether physicians and families had different ways of viewing, describing, and treating insanity. Drawing on rich and moving archival evidence the book also raises methodological and theoretical questions about the asylum archive. What we can ever 'know' about mental breakdown in the past is contingent upon the way the archival sources have been collated, what is extant, and how we read these materials.


Contents

List of Figures
List of Maps
List of Tables
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Colonial Psychiatry in the Australasian World
Families and the Colonial Hospital System, 1860-1900
Families and the Language of Insanity
Writing to and from the Asylum
Tracing Families for Maintenance Payments
Porous Boundaries: Families, Patients and Practices of Extra-Institutional Care
Conclusion: Families, Insanity, and the Archive
Appendix: Indications of insanity noted by family and friends of inmate prior to committal
Notes
Bibliography
Index


Authors

CATHARINE COLEBORNE is Associate Professor of History at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. Her book Reading 'madness': Gender and Difference in the Colonial Asylum in Victoria, Australia, 1848-1880, was published in 2007. She is currently part of a new team project to investigate insanity and ethnicity in colonial Australasia.