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Institutions of Confinement

Institutions of Confinement
Hospitals, Asylums, and Prisons in Western Europe and North America, 1500–1950

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Norbert Finzsch, Pieter Spierenburg, Morris J. Vogel, Colin Jones, Guenter B. Risse, Robert Jütte, Christina Vanja, Renate Wilson, Martin Dinges, Gerlinda Smaus, Robert Gellately, Karl Tilman Winkler, Richard F. Wetzell, Patricia O'Brien, Luigi Cajani, Lynne M. Adrian, Joan E. Crowley, Sebastian Scheerer
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  • Date Published: January 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521534482

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  • A study of the development of prisons, hospitals and insane asylums in America and Europe that grew out of discussions between its two editors about their work on the history of hospitals, poor relief, deviance, and crime, and a subsequent conference that attempted to assess the impacts of Foucault and Elias. Seventeen contributors from six different countries with backgrounds in history, sociology and criminology utilize various methodological approaches and reflect the various viewpoints in the theoretical debate over Foucault's work.

    • Major new study attempting to assess the impact of Foucault and Elias
    • Contributions from 17 leading experts in history, sociology and criminology
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Many of the essays in this volume provide fascinating data about the origins of institutions that played significant societal roles....use their data to build a more persuasive interpretive framework." Journal of Interdisciplinary History

    "...this volume is timely and will be much in demand." Nicholas R. Moschovakis, Sixteenth Century Journal

    "...this compilation of essays provides a ready source of additional references and offers a needed perspective on the topic." Joanna D. Innes, Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences

    "...the reader can be grateful for a provocative distillatioln of the work of a leading American historian of the hospital, recast to elicit comparative reflections." Thomas M. Adams, Journal of Social History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521534482
    • length: 384 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • contains: 8 b/w illus. 15 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Elias, Foucault, Oestereich: on a historical theory of confinement Norbert Finzsch
    2. Four centuries of prison history: punishment, suffering, the body, and power Pieter Spierenburg
    Part I. Hospitals and Asylums:
    3. The transformation of the American hospital Morris J. Vogel
    4. The construction of the hospital patient in early modern France Colin Jones
    5. Before the clinic was 'born': methodological perspectives in hospital history Guenter B. Risse
    6. Syphilis and confinement: hospitals in early modern Germany Robert Jütte
    7. Madhouses, children's wards, and clinics: the development of insane asylums in Germany Christina Vanja
    8. Pietist universal reform and care of the sick and the poor: the medical institutions of the Francke Foundations and their social context Renate Wilson
    Part II. Prisons:
    9. Michel Foucault's impact on the German historiography of criminal justice, social discipline, and medicalization Martin Dinges
    10. The history of ideas and its significance for the prison system Gerlinda Smaus
    11. The prerogratives of confinement in Germany, 1933–45: 'protective custody' and other police strategies Robert Gellately
    12. 'Comparing apples and oranges?' The history of early prisons in Germany and the United States Norbert Finzsch
    13. Reformers United: the American and the German juvenile court, 1882–1923 Karl Tilman Winkler
    14. The medicalization of criminal law reform in imperial Germany Richard F. Wetzell
    15. Prison reform in France and other European countries in the nineteeth century Patricia O'Brien
    16. Surveillance and redemption: the casa di correzione of San Michele a Ripa in Rome Luigi Cajani
    17. 'Policing the bachelor subculture': the demographies of summary misdemeanants, Allegheny County jail, 1892–1923 Lynne M. Adrian and Joan E. Crowley
    18. Beyond confinement? Notes on the history and possible future of solitary confinement in Germany Sebastian Scheerer

  • Editors

    Norbert Finzsch, Universität Hamburg

    Robert Jütte, Universität Hamburg


    Norbert Finzsch, Pieter Spierenburg, Morris J. Vogel, Colin Jones, Guenter B. Risse, Robert Jütte, Christina Vanja, Renate Wilson, Martin Dinges, Gerlinda Smaus, Robert Gellately, Karl Tilman Winkler, Richard F. Wetzell, Patricia O'Brien, Luigi Cajani, Lynne M. Adrian, Joan E. Crowley, Sebastian Scheerer

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