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Changes in the Asylum: The Case of York, 1777-1815

Anne Digby
The Economic History Review
New Series, Vol. 36, No. 2 (May, 1983), pp. 218-239
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Economic History Society
DOI: 10.2307/2595921
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2595921
Page Count: 22
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Abstract

In its betrayal of curative ideals by custodial practices the York Asylum provided an early demonstration of the inadequacies inherent in the traditional, progressive interpretation of the specialist asylum's development. The paper argues that in this institution a custodial regime was the result of economic and administrative factors rather than ideological or therapeutic ones. The analysis also suggests that it was the lowly keeper on whom the character of the inmates' treatment depended and not the eminent doctor or therapist on whose role much recent work has focused.

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