Mental Health in Historical Perspective
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Why Talk About Madness?

Bringing History into the Conversation

Authors: Coleborne, Catharine

  • Opens up new discussions about the value of historical perspectives on mental health to contemporary research and policy
  • Argues that we must engage with and make public historical narratives of madness in order to understand institutional mental healthcare today
  • Draws on transnational case studies from the UK, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand
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About this book

This short, interventionist book argues for the value of historical perspectives on mental health, exploring how these histories can and should inform debates about mental healthcare today. Why is it important to study the history of madness? What does it mean to voice these histories? What can these tell us about the challenges and legacies of mental health care across the world today? Offering new ways of thinking – and talking – about ‘mad’ history, Catharine Coleborne explores the key topics in this field, including policy, notions of care, advocacy, institutional trauma, deinstitutionalisation and intervention. The book takes a global approach, though reflects especially on New Zealand as a case study, whose recent interventions into public reconciliation around the problem of institutional care and violence are causing ripples around the world. Coleborne argues that by talking about the history of madness, historians play a vital role in creating a continuity of lived experience, from those institutionalised in the past to those experiencing mental illness in the present.

About the authors

Catharine Coleborne is Professor and Head of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Newcastle, Australia. With Matthew Smith, she edits the Mental Health in Historical Perspective series. Her previous publications include Insanity, Identity and Empire: Colonial Institutional Confinement in Australia and New Zealand, 1870-1910 (2015).

Buy this book

eBook $19.99
price for USA (gross)
  • The eBook version of this title will be available soon
  • Due: December 11, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-21096-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format:
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
Hardcover $27.99
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at +1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
  • Due: November 13, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-21095-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide

Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Why Talk About Madness?
Book Subtitle
Bringing History into the Conversation
Authors
Series Title
Mental Health in Historical Perspective
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-21096-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-21095-3
Edition Number
1
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