Palgrave Studies in the History of Childhood

Child Insanity in England, 1845-1907

Authors: Taylor, Steven J.

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  • Explores the experiences of insane children in Victorian EnglandStudies the complexities of regional differences and medical categoriesShows how the history of childhood intersects with urbanisation, economics and philanthropy

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This book explores the treatment, administration, and experience of children and young people certified as insane in England during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  It uses a range of sources from Victorian institutions to explore regional differences, rural and urban comparisons, and categories of mental illness and mental disability.  The discussion of diverse pathways in and out of the asylum offers an opportunity to reassess nineteenth-century child mental impairment in a broad social-cultural context, and its conclusions widen the parameters of a ‘mixed economy of care’ by introducing multiple sites of treatment and confinement.  Through its expansive scope the analysis intersects with topics such as the history of childhood, institutional culture, urbanisation, regional economic development, welfare history, and philanthropy. 


About the authors

Steven J. Taylor is Research Assistant at the Centre for Health Histories at the University of Huddersfield and Honorary Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Medical Humanities at the University of Leicester, UK. His work has been published in Family and Community History, History of Psychiatry, and History

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“In this new volume for the series Palgrave Studies in the History of Childhood, edited by George Rousseau and Laurence Brockliss, Steven Taylor examines the history of child insanity in England. … Taylor’s book adds much to our knowledge, awareness, and understanding of the social histories of childhood and mental health.” (Catharine Coleborne, The Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, Vol. 11 (1), 2018)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-22

    Taylor, Steven J.

  • ‘Much Below Insects, and so Little Above Sensitive Plants’: Constructing the Insane Child

    Pages 23-65

    Taylor, Steven J.

  • Networks of Care: Asylum Children, Typology, and Experience

    Pages 67-103

    Taylor, Steven J.

  • Looking Out from the Asylum: Deathbeds, Distribution, and Diversity

    Pages 105-137

    Taylor, Steven J.

  • Beyond the Asylum: Dealing with Insane Children

    Pages 139-171

    Taylor, Steven J.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Child Insanity in England, 1845-1907
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the History of Childhood
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-60027-1
DOI
10.1007/978-1-137-60027-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-95606-7
Series ISSN
2634-6532
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 188
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