Child Insanity in England, 1845-1907

  • Steven Taylor

Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Childhood book series (PSHC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Steven J. Taylor
    Pages 1-22
  3. Steven J. Taylor
    Pages 139-171
  4. Steven J. Taylor
    Pages 173-183
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 185-188

About this book


This book explores the treatment, administration, and experience of children and young people certified as insane in England during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  It uses a range of sources from Victorian institutions to explore regional differences, rural and urban comparisons, and categories of mental illness and mental disability.  The discussion of diverse pathways in and out of the asylum offers an opportunity to reassess nineteenth-century child mental impairment in a broad social-cultural context, and its conclusions widen the parameters of a ‘mixed economy of care’ by introducing multiple sites of treatment and confinement.  Through its expansive scope the analysis intersects with topics such as the history of childhood, institutional culture, urbanisation, regional economic development, welfare history, and philanthropy. 


Mental health Welfare state Asylums Philanthropy Victorian institutions

Authors and affiliations

  • Steven Taylor
    • 1
  1. 1.University of LeicesterLeicesterUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
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  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-60026-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-60027-1
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