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Introduction and Historical Context for the Archaeology of Institutions of Reform. Part I: Asylums

Suzanne M. Spencer-Wood and Sherene Baugher
International Journal of Historical Archaeology
Vol. 5, No. 1 (March 2001), pp. 3-17
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20852963
Page Count: 15
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Introduction and Historical Context for the Archaeology of Institutions of Reform. Part I: Asylums
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Abstract

This introduction discusses the western cultural context that connects the following three articles of site-specific research on the Adelaide Destitute Asylum in South Australia, the Ross Female Factory (prison) in Tasmania and the Magdalen Asylum in Philadelphia. These institutions are a few of the many types of nineteenth century asylums and prisons. Although some research issues are raised the purpose of this introduction is to provide a general historical context for the different research designs which are presented in the articles. While this introduction provides a largely ungendered historical background from ungendered sources, the companion feminist commentary following the articles addresses the gendered historical context and the feminist issues in the articles.

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