Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Jan Walmsley
    Pages 95-111 Open Access
  3. Michelle O’Reilly, Jessica Nina Lester, Nikki Kiyimba
    Pages 137-165 Open Access
  4. Imogen Wiltshire
    Pages 211-238 Open Access
  5. Steven J. Taylor, Alice Brumby
    Pages C1-C1 Open Access
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 267-274

About this book


This open access edited collection contributes a new dimension to the study of mental health and psychiatry in the twentieth century. It takes the present literature beyond the ‘asylum and after’ paradigm to explore the multitude of spaces that have been permeated by concerns about mental well-being and illness. The chapters in this volume consciously attempt to break down institutional walls and consider mental health through the lenses of institutions, policy, nomenclature, art, lived experience, and popular culture. The book adopts an international scope covering the historical experiences of Britain, Ireland, and North America.In accordance with this broad approach, contributions to the volume span academic fields such as history, arts, literary studies, sociology, and psychology, mirroring the diversity of the subject matter. 

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Mental wellbeing Everyday life Institutional care Spatial turn Deinstitutionalisation Psychiatry Modernity Learning disabilities Neurodiversity Education Visual arts Open Access Chapters Open Access

Editors and affiliations

  • Steven J. Taylor
    • 1
  • Alice Brumby
    • 2
  1. 1.School of HistoryUniversity of LeicesterLeicesterUK
  2. 2.School of Humanities, Religion and PhilosophyYork St John UniversityYorkUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2020
  • License CC BY
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-27274-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-27275-3
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