By Bill Forsythe, Joseph Melling
This accomplished assortment presents a desirable precis of the debates at the progress of institutional care throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Revising and revisiting Foucault, it appears to be like on the value of ethnicity, race and gender in addition to the effect of political and cultural elements, all through Britain and in a colonial context. It questions traditionally what it ability to be mad and the way, if in any respect, to care.
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L-25. 34 L. Hunt, ‘Introduction: history, culture, and text’ in Cultural History, particularly pp. 7711 for an assessment of Foucauldian analysis; F! ss, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1990. 26 ACCOMMODATING MADNESS 35 WH. Sewell, ‘Language and practice in cultural history: backing away from the edge of the cliff’ French Historical Studies, 21, 2, 1998, pp. 250-l and pasim, attempts to combine semiotic and mechanistic explanations of historical transformations. 36 ‘The English bastile’ Social ScienceReview, 3, 1865, noted that the English county lunatic asylum resembled ‘a large mansion’ whilst the Union workhouse or ‘bastile’ had the appearance of ‘a factory or huge storehouse’.
There were close links by law and administrative practice between the lunatic asylum and the Union workhouse as various chapters note. Yet we should be careful of reading into the politics and practice of the lunacy administration under the Poor Law a narrow conception of pauperism or of institutional growth. The Poor Law was absent in India and South Africa, with their highly distinctive settler populations and very large non-European populations as compared to colonised areas such as Canada and Australasia.