Mental Health in Historical Perspective
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Insanity and Immigration Control in New Zealand and Australia, 1860–1930

Authors: Kain, Jennifer

  • Offers a new perspective on the study of migration and mental illness, focusing on policy makers, customs officers and shipping companies
  • Draws on archival sources from Britain, New Zealand and Australia to facilitate a top-down analysis of the intentions and practicalities of colonial border control
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This book examines the policy and practice of the insanity clauses within the immigration controls of New Zealand and the Commonwealth of Australia. It reveals those charged with operating the legislation to be non-psychiatric gatekeepers who struggled to match its intent. Regardless of the evolution in language and the location at which a migrant’s mental suitability was assessed, those with ‘inherent mental defects’ and ‘transient insanity’ gained access to these regions. This book accounts for the increased attempts to medicalise border control in response to the widening scope of terminology used for mental illnesses, disabilities and dysfunctions. Such attempts co-existed with the promotion of these regions as ‘invalids’ paradises’ by governments, shipping companies, and non-asylum doctors. Using a bureaucratic lens, this book exposes these paradoxes, and the failings within these nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Australasian nation-state building exercises.


About the authors

Jennifer S. Kain teaches History at the University of Newcastle, UK, and is a Research Associate at the Institute of Historical Research, London where she held a 2016-2017 Junior Research Fellowship. She has published in Studies in the Literary Imagination, the International Journal of Maritime History, the Social History of Medicine, and in 2018 received a New Zealand History Research Trust award.

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eBook $44.99
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  • Due: 21 de Novembro de 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-26330-0
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  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
Hardcover $84.99
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  • Due: 24 de Outubro de 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-26329-4
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Insanity and Immigration Control in New Zealand and Australia, 1860–1930
Authors
Series Title
Mental Health in Historical Perspective
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-26330-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-26330-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-26329-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 235
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations
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