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The Cost of Insanity in Nineteenth-Century Ireland

Public, Voluntary and Private Asylum Care

Authors: Mauger, Alice

  • Expands upon existing scholarship to explore the provision of mental healthcare for paying patients in Irish asylumsCompares the experiences of Irish paying patients with those of British patients in both private and public asylums
  • Examines the impact of class, socio-economics, religion and gender on patterns of committal, care and treatment
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This open access book is the first comparative study of public, voluntary and private asylums in nineteenth-century Ireland. Examining nine institutions, it explores whether concepts of social class and status and the emergence of a strong middle class informed interactions between gender, religion, identity and insanity. It questions whether medical and lay explanations of mental illness and its causes, and patient experiences, were influenced by these concepts. The strong emphasis on land and its interconnectedness with notions of class identity and respectability in Ireland lends a particularly interesting dimension. The book interrogates the popular notion that relatives were routinely locked away to be deprived of land or inheritance, querying how often “land grabbing” Irish families really abused the asylum system for their personal economic gain. The book will be of interest to scholars of nineteenth-century Ireland and the history of psychiatry and medicine in Britain and Ireland.

About the authors

Alice Mauger is a Wellcome Trust Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland, University College Dublin. She has published on the history of psychiatry and medicine in Ireland, including in the Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Mauger, Alice

    Pages 1-24

  • The Non-Pauper Insane: Private, Voluntary and State Concerns

    Mauger, Alice

    Pages 27-67

  • An Institutional Marketplace

    Mauger, Alice

    Pages 69-112

  • ‘A Considerable Degree Removed from Pauperism’?: The Social Profile of Fee-Paying Patients

    Mauger, Alice

    Pages 115-147

  • ‘The Evil Effects of Mental Strain and Overwork’: Employment, Gender and Insanity

    Mauger, Alice

    Pages 149-187

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eBook  
  • ISBN 978-3-319-65244-3
  • This book is an open access book, you can download it for free on link.springer.com
Hardcover $31.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-65243-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $31.00
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: March 9, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-319-87983-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Cost of Insanity in Nineteenth-Century Ireland
Book Subtitle
Public, Voluntary and Private Asylum Care
Authors
Series Title
Mental Health in Historical Perspective
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-65244-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-65244-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-65243-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-87983-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 281
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations
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