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The Cost of Insanity in Nineteenth-Century Ireland

Public, Voluntary and Private Asylum Care

Palgrave Macmillan

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  • Expands upon existing scholarship to explore the provision of mental healthcare for paying patients in Irish asylums

  • Compares 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

  • Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras

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

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Table of contents (7 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introduction

    • Alice Mauger
    Pages 1-24Open Access
  3. Governing Insanity

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 25-25
    2. An Institutional Marketplace

      • Alice Mauger
      Pages 69-112Open Access
  4. Back Matter

    Pages 253-281

About this book

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.

Keywords

  • Mental health
  • Asylum
  • Psychiatrist
  • Mental illness
  • Patient
  • Pauper
  • Institutionalisation
  • Insane
  • Fee-paying
  • Open access

Authors and Affiliations

  • Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland, School of History, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

    Alice Mauger

About the author

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.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: The Cost of Insanity in Nineteenth-Century Ireland

  • Book Subtitle: Public, Voluntary and Private Asylum Care

  • Authors: Alice Mauger

  • Series Title: Mental Health in Historical Perspective

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-65244-3

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: History, History (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-65243-6

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-87983-3

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-65244-3

  • Series ISSN: 2634-6036

  • Series E-ISSN: 2634-6044

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVI, 281

  • Number of Illustrations: 5 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: History of Britain and Ireland, Social History, Psychiatry, History of Medicine, Modern History

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 31.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 31.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)