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Author Miron, Janet.

Title Prisons, asylums, and the public : institutional visiting in the nineteenth century / Janet Miron
Published Toronto : University of Toronto Press, [2011]
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Description 1 online resource (x, 254 pages) : illustrations
Contents 1. The Establishment of Custodial Institutions and the Early Practice of Visiting -- 2. Open Doors: Welcoming the Public Into Prisons and Asylums -- 3. "You Must Go!" Visitors to Prisons and Asylums -- 4. I Am Even Afraid that She Put Her Tongue Out: Inmate and Patient Responses to Visitors -- 5. What We Saw with Our Own Eyes: Visiting and Nineteenth-Century Culture [19th century, Canada, United States] -- 6. To Avoid Exposure and Publicity: Opposition to Visiting -- 7. Behind Closed Doors: The Changing Relationship between Custodial Institutions and Society
Summary "The prisons and asylums of Canada and the United States were a popular destination for institutional tourists in the nineteenth-century. Thousands of visitors entered their walls, recording and describing the interiors, inmates, and therapeutic and reformative practices they encountered in letters, diaries, and articles. Surprisingly, the vast majority of these visitors were not members of the medical or legal elite but were ordinary people
Prisons, Asylums, and the Public argues that, rather than existing in isolation, these institutions were closely connected to the communities beyond their walls. Challenging traditional interpretations of public visiting, Janet Miron examines the implications and imperatives of visiting from the perspectives of officials, the public, and the institutionalized. Finding that institutions could be important centres of civic activity, self-edification, and 'scientific' study, Prisons, Asylums, and the Public sheds new light on popular nineteenth-century attitudes towards the insane and the criminal."--Pub. desc
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Prison visits -- Social aspects -- Canada -- History -- 19th century.
Prison visits -- Social aspects -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Prisons -- Canada -- Public opinion.
Prisons -- United States -- Public opinion.
Psychiatric hospitals -- Social aspects -- Canada -- History -- 19th century.
Psychiatric hospitals -- Social aspects -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Psychiatric hospitals -- Canada -- Public opinion.
Psychiatric hospitals -- United States -- Public opinion.
Canada -- Public opinion.
United States -- Public opinion.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1442661631 (electronic bk.)
9781442661639 (electronic bk.)