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Insanity, Identity and Empire: Immigrants and institutional confinement in Australia and New Zealand, 1873-1910

Catharine Coleborne


This book examines the formation of colonial social identities inside the institutions for the insane in Australia and New Zealand. Taking a large sample of patient records, the book pays particular attention to gender, ethnicity and class as categories of analysis. The book reminds us of the varied journeys of immigrants to the colonies: and of how and where they stopped, for different reasons, inside the social institutions of the period. It is about their stories of mobility, how these were told and produced inside institutions for the insane, and how, in the telling, colonial identities we ... More

Keywords: Insanity, colonial, Australasia, identity, institutions, immigrants, migration, madness, mobility

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780719087240
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719087240.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catharine Coleborne, author
University of Waikato