Palgrave Studies in the History of Emotions
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Emotions and the Making of Psychiatric Reform in Britain, c. 1770-1820

Authors: Neuendorf, Mark

  • Documents the changing attitudes to mental illness in Britain across the long eighteenth century
  • Provides the first book-length study of the emotional landscape of early psychiatric reform
  • Presents a compelling new framework for the emergence of the ‘humanitarian sensibility’
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About this book

This book explores the ways which people navigated the emotions provoked by the mad in Britain across the long eighteenth century. Building upon recent advances in the historical study of emotions, it plots the evolution of attitudes towards insanity, and considers how shifting emotional norms influenced the development of a ‘humanitarian’ temperament, which drove the earliest movements for psychiatric reform in England and Scotland. Reacting to a ‘culture of sensibility’, which encouraged tears at the sight of tender suffering, early asylum reformers chose instead to express their humanity through unflinching resolve, charging into madhouses to contemplate scenes of misery usually hidden from public view, and confronting the authorities that enabled neglect to flourish. This intervention required careful emotional management, which is documented comprehensively here for the first time. Drawing upon a wide array of medical and literary sources, this book provides invaluable insights into pre-modern attitudes towards insanity.

About the authors

Mark Neuendorf is Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of History at the University of Adelaide, Australia. His research examines the emotions and print cultures of British psychiatry, with a particular focus on the emergence of organised psychiatric reform.

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eBook 85,59 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-84356-4
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Hardcover 103,99 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Emotions and the Making of Psychiatric Reform in Britain, c. 1770-1820
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the History of Emotions
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-84356-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-84356-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-84355-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 298
Number of Illustrations
11 b/w illustrations
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