Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 January 2016

392 Pages | 20 black & white illustrations, 2 tables

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780719097690

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Work, psychiatry and society, c. 1750-2015

First Edition

Edited by Waltraud Ernst

Published by Manchester University Press

  • Fills a gap in the history of psychiatry, focusing on mental patients>' day-to-day life in closed institutions across the globe
  • Offers the first systematic critical appraisal of the uses of work and work therapy in psychiatric institutions, from the late eighteenth to the end of the twentieth century
  • Explores the daily routine in psychiatric institutions and asks whether work was therapy, part of a regime of punishment or a means of exploiting free labour
  • Ranges from North America to Japan, India and Western/Eastern Europe, engaging with broader historical questions such as the impact of colonialism and communism and the effect of the World Wars
  • 20 black & white illustrations, 2 tables

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