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Insanity, Identity and EmpireImmigrants and institutional confinement in Australia and New Zealand, 1873-1910$
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Catharine Coleborne

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780719087240

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719087240.001.0001

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Insanity in the ‘age of mobility’

Insanity in the ‘age of mobility’

Melbourne and Auckland, 1850s–1880s

(p.20) Chapter One Insanity in the ‘age of mobility’
Insanity, Identity and Empire

Catharine Coleborne

Manchester University Press

This chapter situates Melbourne and Auckland as colonial cities inside the imperial world of medicine and institutional confinement, also outlining the significance of population movement and the mobility of ideas and practices. Within the ‘age of mobility’, insanity travelled: in the minds and bodies of emigrants from Britain and other parts of the world, in the circulating meanings of colonial health and models of welfare and social institutions, and , in the knowledge about insanity and treatment for it. It focuses on urban sites, comparisons and connections between these in historical writing, and concepts of migration and insanity.

Keywords:   Mobility, insanity, urban, Melbourne, Auckland, population, insanity, migration, social institutions

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