Madness in the Family: Insanity and Institutions in the Australasian Colonial World, 1860-1914

Hardcover | December 15, 2009

byCatharine S. Coleborne, Catharine S Coleborne

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Madness in the Family explores how colonial families coped with insanity through a trans-colonial study of the relationships between families and public colonial hospitals for the insane in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and New Zealand between 1860 and 1914.

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Madness in the Family explores how colonial families coped with insanity through a trans-colonial study of the relationships between families and public colonial hospitals for the insane in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and New Zealand between 1860 and 1914.

CATHARINE COLEBORNE is Associate Professor of History at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. Her book Reading madness: Gender and Difference in the Colonial Asylum in Victoria, Australia, 1848-1880, was published in 2007. She is currently part of a new team project to investigate insanity and ethnicity in colonial Australasia.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.63 × 5.66 × 0.71 inPublished:December 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230578071

ISBN - 13:9780230578074

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Maps
List of Tables
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Colonial Psychiatry in the Australasian World
Families and the Colonial Hospital System, 1860-1900
Families and the Language of Insanity
Writing to and from the Asylum
Tracing Families for Maintenance Payments
Porous Boundaries: Families, Patients and Practices of Extra-Institutional Care
Conclusion: Families, Insanity, and the Archive
Appendix: Indications of insanity noted by family and friends of inmate prior to committal
Notes
Bibliography
Index