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dc.contributor.advisorHarrington, Anne
dc.contributor.authorBhattacharyya, Anouska
dc.date.accessioned2013-10-18T15:09:51Z
dash.embargo.terms2014-10-10en_US
dc.date.issued2013-10-18
dc.date.submitted2013
dc.identifier.citationBhattacharyya, Anouska. 2013. Indian Insanes: Lunacy in the 'Native' Asylums of Colonial India, 1858-1912. Doctoral dissertation, Harvard University.en_US
dc.identifier.otherhttp://dissertations.umi.com/gsas.harvard:11204en
dc.identifier.urihttp://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:11181217
dc.description.abstractThe new Government of India did not introduce legislation for `native' lunacy in colonial India as a measure of social control after the uprisings of 1857-8; discussions about Indian insanes had already occurred in 1856, following asylum and pauper reform in Victorian England. With the 1858 Lunacy Acts, native lunatic asylums occupied an unsteady position between judicial and medical branches of this government. British officers were too constrained by their inexperience of asylums and of India to be effective superintendents and impose a coherent psychiatry within. They relied on their subordinate staff who were recruited from the communities that surrounded each asylum. Alongside staff and patients, the asylums were populated by tea sellers, local visitors, janitors, cooks and holy men, all of whom presented alternate and complementary ideas about the treatment and care of Indian insanes. By 1912, these asylums had been transformed into archetypal colonial institutions, strict with psychiatric doctrine and filled with Western-trained Indian doctors who entertained no alternate belief systems in these colonial spaces. How did these fluid and heterogeneous spaces become the archetypes of colonial power?en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipHistory of Scienceen_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dash.licenseLAA
dc.subjectHistory of scienceen_US
dc.subjectHistoryen_US
dc.subjectSouth Asian studiesen_US
dc.subjectAsylumsen_US
dc.subjectCommunityen_US
dc.subjectHistoryen_US
dc.subjectIndiaen_US
dc.subjectLunacyen_US
dc.subjectPsychiatryen_US
dc.titleIndian Insanes: Lunacy in the 'Native' Asylums of Colonial India, 1858-1912en_US
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen_US
dash.depositing.authorBhattacharyya, Anouska
dc.date.available2014-10-10T07:30:47Z
thesis.degree.date2013en_US
thesis.degree.disciplineHistory of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.grantorHarvard Universityen_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberBose, Sugataen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberGreene, Jeremyen_US
dash.contributor.affiliatedBhattacharyya, Anouska


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