A Space of Their Own: The Archaeology of Nineteenth Century Lunatic Asylums in Britain, South…

Hardcover | September 27, 2007

bySusan Piddock

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Employing the considerable archaeological and historical skills in her armory, Susan Piddock tries to lift the lid on the lunatic asylums of years gone by. Films and television programs have portrayed them as places of horror where the patients are restrained and left to listen to the cries of their fellow inmates in despair. But what was the world of nineteenth century lunatic asylums really like? Are these images true, or are we laboring under a misunderstanding?

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Employing the considerable archaeological and historical skills in her armory, Susan Piddock tries to lift the lid on the lunatic asylums of years gone by. Films and television programs have portrayed them as places of horror where the patients are restrained and left to listen to the cries of their fellow inmates in despair. But what ...

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A Space of Their Own: The Archaeology of Nineteenth Century Lunatic Asylums in Britain, South Australia, and Tasmaniaby Susan Piddock, Department of Archaeology, Flinders University, Adelaide, South AustraliaThe history of lunatic asylums - what do we really know about them? Films and television programs have portrayed them as places o...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0.27 inPublished:September 27, 2007Publisher:Springer New YorkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:038773385X

ISBN - 13:9780387733852

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Table of Contents

A Space of Their Own.- The Archaeology of Institutions.- The Changing Face of Insanity and the Rise of the Lunatic Asylum.- The 'Ideal' Lunatic Asylum.- The British Lunatic Asylum: Ideals and Realities.- South Australia and the Ideal Lunatic Asylum.- Tasmania and the Ideal Asylum.- The Ideal Asylum: A World of Difference.- Conclusion: Archaeology and Lunatic Asylums.