At Home in the Institution

Material Life in Asylums, Lodging Houses and Schools in Victorian and Edwardian England

Authors: Hamlett, J.

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At Home in the Institution examines space and material culture in asylums, lodging houses and schools in Victorian and Edwardian England, and explores the powerful influence of domesticity on all three institutional types.

About the authors

Jane Hamlett is Senior Lecturer in Modern British History at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. Her first book, Material Relations: Middle-Class Families and Domestic Interiors in England, 1850-1910, was published in 2010. Together with Lesley Hoskins and Rebecca Preston, she also edited Residential Institutions in Modern Britain, which came out in 2013.

Reviews

'From billiard tables to window boxes, Jane Hamlett's innovative and perceptive study challenges stereotypical representations of austere utility, revealing the multiple, gendered and class-specific uses of material culture to domesticate institutional life, and to reconfigure relationships between residents and the homes they had left behind.'

- Vivienne Richmond, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

'Based on meticulous and wide-ranging research, this book opens up fresh approaches to the study of institutions by looking beyond rule books and the records of state agencies with their 'disciplinary' ambitions, to unearth complex experiences of life within institutions, skilfully blending analysis of material culture and space with critical interpretation of narratives of institutional life gleaned from biographies and popular representations.'

- Alastair Owens, Queen Mary, University of London, UK

'This is an innovative and thought provoking book. Its impressive research, subtle analysis and nuanced discussion enable Hamlett to provide a fascinating picture of the complex and contradictory ways inmates used the material world to appropriate and transform, at times poignantly, the vision of home and domesticity that authorities had imagined when creating the interiors of the institutional spaces they inhabited.'

- Michèle Cohen, Institute of Education, University of London, UK


Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
At Home in the Institution
Book Subtitle
Material Life in Asylums, Lodging Houses and Schools in Victorian and Edwardian England
Authors
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-32239-5
DOI
10.1057/9781137322395
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-32238-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-45833-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 225
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