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Music and Moral Management in the Nineteenth-Century English Lunatic Asylum

Palgrave Macmillan

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  • Traces the role played by music within asylums, the participation of staff and patients in musical activity, and the links drawn between music, health, and wellbeing.

  • Draws on a wide range of sources to investigate the debates around moral management, entertainment, and music for patients, as well as the wider context of music and mental health.

  • Presents a series of case studies which bring to life the characters and contexts involved in asylum music, selected from a range of public and private institutions

Part of the book series: Mental Health in Historical Perspective (MHHP)

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Table of contents (13 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvii
  2. Music, Health and Asylum Practice

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Introduction

      • Rosemary Golding
      Pages 3-40
    3. Asylums, Moral Management and Music

      • Rosemary Golding
      Pages 41-68
    4. Music in the Asylum: An Overview

      • Rosemary Golding
      Pages 69-102
  3. Case Studies: Pauper Asylums

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 103-103
  4. Case Studies: Private and Charitable Asylums

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 235-235
    2. Barnwood House: Music in the Small Asylum

      • Rosemary Golding
      Pages 289-298
    3. Holloway Sanatorium: The Middle-Class Experience

      • Rosemary Golding
      Pages 299-315
  5. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 317-317
    2. Conclusion

      • Rosemary Golding
      Pages 319-337
  6. Back Matter

    Pages 339-369

About this book

“This thorough and detailed book really gets into the nitty-gritty of the uses of music in English asylums in the period. A very valuable addition to the literature on music and medicine.”

James Kennaway, Senior Research Fellow, University of Roehampton, UK


This book traces the role played by music within asylums, the participation of staff and patients in musical activity, and the links drawn between music, health, and wellbeing. In the first part of the book, the author draws on a wide range of sources to investigate the debates around moral management, entertainment, and music for patients, as well as the wider context of music and mental health. In the second part, a series of case studies bring to life the characters and contexts involved in asylum music, selected from a range of public and private institutions. From asylum bands to chapel choirs, smoking concerts to orchestras, the rich variety of musical activity presents new perspectives on music in everyday life. Aspects such as employment practices, musicians’ networks and the purchase and maintenance of musical instruments illuminate the ‘business’ of music as part of moral management. As a source of entertainment and occupation, a means of solace and self-control, and as a device for social gatherings and contact with the outside world, the place of music in the asylum offers valuable insight into its uses and meanings in nineteenth-century England.

Rosemary Golding is Senior Lecturer in Music at The Open University UK, where she has taught since 2009. Her research interests are centred on the social history of music in nineteenth-century Britain, specifically the status and identity of music and musicians, music as an academic subject, the music profession, and the connections between music, health, morality, and wellbeing. Among her publications are the monograph Music and Academia in Victorian Britain (2013) and the edited collection of essays The Music Profession in Britain, 1780-1920: New Perspectives on Status and Identity (2018).

Keywords

  • Moral management
  • Victorian
  • Music therapy
  • Madness
  • Mental illness
  • Patient perspectives
  • Cultural musicology
  • History of emotions
  • Amusement
  • Pauper asylum
  • Class

Reviews

“This thorough and detailed book really gets into the nitty-gritty of the uses of music in English asylums in the period. A very valuable addition to the literature on music and medicine.”
James Kennaway, Senior Research Fellow, University of Roehampton, UK

Authors and Affiliations

  • Music Department, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK

    Rosemary Golding

About the author

Rosemary Golding is Senior Lecturer in Music at The Open University UK, where she has taught since 2009. Her research interests are centred on the social history of music in nineteenth-century Britain, specifically the status and identity of music and musicians, music as an academic subject, the music profession, and the connections between music, health, morality, and wellbeing. Among her publications are the monograph Music and Academia in Victorian Britain (2013) and the edited collection of essays The Music Profession in Britain, 1780-1920: New Perspectives on Status and Identity (2018).

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Music and Moral Management in the Nineteenth-Century English Lunatic Asylum

  • Authors: Rosemary Golding

  • Series Title: Mental Health in Historical Perspective

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-78525-3

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: History, History (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2021

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-78524-6

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-78525-3

  • Series ISSN: 2634-6036

  • Series E-ISSN: 2634-6044

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVII, 369

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations, 11 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: History of Britain and Ireland, Cultural History, Music, History of Medicine

Buying options

eBook
USD 54.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-78525-3
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book
USD 69.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)