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Published: 01 June 2015

256 Pages | 15 Illustrations, black & white

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9781781381625

Bookseller Code (06)

Migration, Ethnicity, and Madness

New Zealand, 1860-1910

First Edition

Angela McCarthy

Liverpool University Press

Migrations and Identities LUP

  • Adopts a comparative approach to the study of migration, ethnicity, and madness to illuminate ethnic differences, especially among 'white' patients, and differences between asylums in the UK and New Zealand.
  • Its transnational focus demonstrates the way that colonial asylums were influenced by Britain and Ireland, but also the personal connections that were maintained between families at 'home' and abroad.
  • Deploys quantitative and qualitative analysis to examine key themes such as migration pathways and the timing of admission to the asylum after arrival, and adopts a longitudinal methodology to trace patients and verify asylum information.
  • Engages with key debates about selection and stress in relation to asylum confinement.
  • Utilises a diverse range of source materials including patient files and photographs, immigration records, and mental health journals to expose a range of views about madness.