Madness, Cannabis and Colonialism

The 'Native Only' Lunatic Asylums of British India 1857-1900

Author: J. Mills

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230286046

Category: History

Page: 227

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This fascinating, entertaining and often gruelling book by James Mills, examines the lunatic asylums set up by the British in nineteenth-century India. The author asserts that there was a growth in asylums following the Indian Mutiny, fuelled by the fear of itinerant and dangerous individuals, which existed primarily in the British imagination. Once established though, these asylums, which were staffed by Indians and populated by Indians, quickly became arenas in which the designs of the British were contested and confronted. Mills argues that power is everywhere and is behind every action; colonial power is therefore just another way to assert control over the less powerful. This social history draws on official archives and documents based in Scotland, England and India. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in history, sociology, or the general interest reader.

Cannabis Nation

Control and Consumption in Britain, 1928-2008

Author: James H. Mills

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199283427

Category: History

Page: 292

View: 1737

The first comprehensive history of the consumption and control of cannabis in the UK. Based on extensive archival research and interviews with key figures, it shows that both the market for the drug and government approaches to it have been intimately shaped by the wider currents of social and political transition in the UK.

Medicine and Colonialism

Historical Perspectives in India and South Africa

Author: Poonam Bala

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317318226

Category: Medical

Page: 240

View: 2980

Focusing on India and South Africa during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the essays in this collection address power and enforced modernity as applied to medicine. Clashes between traditional methods of healing and the practices brought in by colonizers are explored across both territories.

Madness in the Family

Insanity and Institutions in the Australasian Colonial World, 1860–1914

Author: C. Coleborne

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230248640

Category: History

Page: 220

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Madness in the Family explores how colonial families coped with insanity through a trans-colonial study of the relationships between families and public colonial hospitals for the insane in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and New Zealand between 1860 and 1914.

Islam and the Army in Colonial India

Sepoy Religion in the Service of Empire

Author: Nile Green

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521898455

Category: History

Page: 217

View: 8911

A study of the cultural world of the Muslim soldiers of colonial India in the mid-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Insanity, Race and Colonialism

Managing Mental Disorder in the Post-Emancipation British Caribbean, 1838-1914

Author: L. Smith

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137318058

Category: Science

Page: 285

View: 3224

Despite emancipation from the evils of enslavement in 1838, most people of African origin in the British West Indian colonies continued to suffer serious material deprivation and racial oppression. This book examines the management and treatment of those who became insane, in the period until the Great War.

Lunatic Asylums in Colonial Bombay

Shackled Bodies, Unchained Minds

Author: Sarah Ann Pinto

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319942441

Category: History

Page: 242

View: 696

This book traces the historical roots of the problems in India’s mental health care system. It accounts for indigenous experiences of the lunatic asylum in the Bombay Presidency (1793-1921). The book argues that the colonial lunatic asylum failed to assimilate into Indian society and therefore remained a failed colonial-medical enterprise. It begins by assessing the implications of lunatic asylums on indigenous knowledge and healing traditions. It then examines the lunatic asylum as a ‘middle-ground’, and the European superintendents’ ‘common-sense’ treatment of Indian insanity. Furthermore, it analyses the soundscapes of Bombay’s asylums, and the extent to which public perceptions influenced their use. Lunatic asylums left a legacy of historical trauma for the indigenous community because of their coercive and custodial character. This book aims to disrupt that legacy of trauma and to enable new narratives in mental health treatment in India.

Transnational Psychiatries

Social and Cultural Histories of Psychiatry in Comparative Perspective c. 1800-2000

Author: Waltraud Ernst,Thomas Mueller

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443822418

Category: Medical

Page: 310

View: 2232

This book offers something new in the history of psychiatry. Within a transnational research framework, it presents original historical case studies and conceptual reflections on comparative and related methodologies. Systematic comparison and transfer studies as well as aspects of entangled history are employed in relation to themes such as different cultural meanings pertaining to the same term; transfer of treatment practices and institutional regimes; localised practices and (re)-emerging forms of patient care; circulation of early anti-psychiatrists’ views; impact of war and politics on patients’ welfare and on psychiatric discourse; and diversification of psychotherapeutic and physical practices. The book includes chapters on the history and historiography of psychiatry and psychotherapy in different geo-cultural regions in South America, Asia, the Pacific and Europe. The contributors present multilayered interpretations, emphasising commonalities and interconnections as well as contrasts and discontinuities. With its wide-ranging geographical focus and attention to conceptual issues, this collection will assist to integrate and reconfigure the historiography of psychiatry.


Mitteilungen zur Kulturkunde

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Ethnology

Page: N.A

View: 3848

Mitteilungen zur Kulturkunde.

Der Strand


Author: Alex Garland

Publisher: Goldmann Verlag

ISBN: 3641155991

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

View: 7180

Der junge Engländer Richard ist mit dem Rucksack in Thailand unterwegs – abseits der überfüllten Routen des Massentourismus, auf der Suche nach der wahren, unverfälschten Seele des Landes, dem einzigartigen Abenteuer. Als er zusammen mit einem französischen Pärchen einen entlegenen Strand entdeckt, glaubt er am Ziel seiner Träume angelangt zu sein: weißer Sand und farbige Korallengärten, ein majestätischer Wasserfall, umringt von tropischem Dschungel, und ein buntgemischtes Häufchen junger Leute aus aller Welt, die hier ihr Lager aufgeschlagen haben. Es ist das reinste Paradies. Bis der Strand sein wahres Gesicht zu erkennen gibt. Und sich als eine grausame Hölle entpuppt, die alles zu vernichten droht. „Der Strand“ wurde sehr erfolgreich unter dem Titel „The Beach“ mit Leonardo Di Caprio verfilmt.

Subaltern Sports

Politics and Sport in South Asia

Author: James H. Mills

Publisher: Anthem Press

ISBN: 1843311682

Category: History

Page: 241

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This unique volume explores sports stories that contain elements of colonialism and show the rise of nationalism and the emergence of communalism; other examples show how the establishment of nationhood in a post-colonial world, the challenge of the regions to the political centre and the impacts of globalization and economic liberalization have all left their mark on the development of sport in South Asia. Quite simply, South Asian history and society have transformed sports in the region while at the same time such games and activities have often shaped the development of South Asia.

Drugs and empires

essays in modern imperialism and intoxication, c.1500-c.1930

Author: James H. Mills,Patricia Barton

Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan

ISBN: 9780230516519

Category: History

Page: 252

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Drugs and Empires introduces new research from a range of historians that re-evaluates the relationship between intoxicants and empires in the modern world. It re-examines controversies about such issues as the Asian opium trade or the sale of alcohol in Africa. It addresses new areas of research, including the impact of imperial drugs profits on American history, or the place of African states in the development of international regulations. The outcome is to provoke new perspectives on both drugs and empires.


imperiale Weltverbesserung seit dem 18. Jahrhundert

Author: Boris Barth,Jürgen Osterhammel

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783896697097

Category: Chauvinism and jingoism

Page: 438

View: 9281

Sechzehn Autorinnen und Autoren aus Deutschland, der Schweiz, Großbritannien, Irland und den USA behandeln in systematisch aufeinander bezogenen Fallstudien den vielgestaltigen Komplex der >Zivilisierungsmission. Die exemplarischen Untersuchungen reichen von der russischen Erschließung Sibiriens im 18. Jahrhundert und dem Imperium Napoleons über die christliche Mission im 19. Jahrhundert oder die Umdeutung der japanischen Identität bis zur zivilisierend

Psychiatry and empire

Author: Sloan Mahone,Megan Vaughan

Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan


Category: History

Page: 243

View: 8158

Psychiatry and Empire brings together scholars in the History of Medicine to explore questions of race, gender and power relations in former colonial states across Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific. Focusing on the intellectual histories of concepts of mental illness, mental healing and strategies of coping and resistance, this volume advances our understanding of the rise of modern psychiatry as it collided with, and sometimes underpinned, the psychology of colonial rule.

States of Mind

Searching for Mental Health in Natal and Zululand, 1868-1918

Author: Julie Parle

Publisher: University of Kwazulu Natal Press

ISBN: 9781869140984

Category: History

Page: 334

View: 9285

This study of the history of mental illness and its cures in colonial and immediately post-Union Natal and Zululand (South Africa) investigates westernized treatments of insanity at the Natal Government Asylum, as well as less well-known routes back to health via African and Indian modes of healing. Author Julie Parle writes of the amandiki, bands of frenzied women who explained their illness as caused by possession by a male ancestor. She discusses frauds, medicines for hysteria and drunkenness, faith healers of different kinds, and suicide in all communities. Finally, she considers how mental health services became centralized under state control from Pretoria, with important consequences for the future of psychiatry and mental health services in modern South Africa.

Fijian Studies

A Journal of Contemporary Fiji

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Fiji

Page: N.A

View: 7703

Home Grown

Marijuana and the Origins of Mexico's War on Drugs

Author: Isaac Campos

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 0807882682

Category: History

Page: 344

View: 7371

Historian Isaac Campos combines wide-ranging archival research with the latest scholarship on the social and cultural dimensions of drug-related behavior in this telling of marijuana's remarkable history in Mexico. Introduced in the sixteenth century by the Spanish, cannabis came to Mexico as an industrial fiber and symbol of European empire. But, Campos demonstrates, as it gradually spread to indigenous pharmacopoeias, then prisons and soldiers' barracks, it took on both a Mexican name--marijuana--and identity as a quintessentially "Mexican" drug. A century ago, Mexicans believed that marijuana could instantly trigger madness and violence in its users, and the drug was outlawed nationwide in 1920. Home Grown thus traces the deep roots of the antidrug ideology and prohibitionist policies that anchor the drug-war violence that engulfs Mexico today. Campos also counters the standard narrative of modern drug wars, which casts global drug prohibition as a sort of informal American cultural colonization. Instead, he argues, Mexican ideas were the foundation for notions of "reefer madness" in the United States. This book is an indispensable guide for anyone who hopes to understand the deep and complex origins of marijuana's controversial place in North American history.

The Hearing

Author: James Mills

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0446571148

Category: Fiction

Page: 300

View: 4635

Judge Gus Parham has it all, a successful career, a loving wife, and now, his crowning achievement - a nomination to serve on the United States Supreme Court. But when an old enemy digs through his past, Gus is rocked by a revelation.

Exploring Gender Equations

Colonial and Post Colonial India

Author: Shakti Kak,Biswamoy Pati,Nehru Memorial Museum and Library

Publisher: N.A


Category: Middle class women

Page: 494

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Contributed articles on social status of middle class women in India presented earlier at a conference held at Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi in October 2003.

Sport and Postcolonialism

Author: John Bale,Mike Cronin

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

ISBN: 9781859735442

Category: Political Science

Page: 224

View: 1136

Compared with modes of representation such as literature, drama, poetry and dance, the world of sport has been largely neglected in postcolonial studies. At both local and global levels, however, sport has been profoundly affected by the colonial legacy. How are individual nations and different sporting cultures coping with this legacy? What does the end of colonialism mean within particular states and sports? How is postcolonialism linked with struggles of race and identity? Sport was a major tool of colonial power and postcolonialism manifests itself in the modern sporting world in several ways, including the huge number of world class athletes from former European empires and the exploitation of child-workers in postcolonial nations by the sporting goods industries. Many former colonial states place considerable importance on elite sport as a form of representation, yet a small number of such states oppose sport in its western form. This book explores the wealth of issues and experiences that comprise the postcolonial sporting world and questions whether sport can act as a form of resistance in postcolonial states and, if so, how such resistance might manifest itself in the rule-bound culture of sport.Its novel approach and topical focus makes this book essential reading for anyone interested in contemporary sports, postcolonialism, race and ethnic studies.