, however, the new asylums constructed within the discourse of moral management, while sharing many common features with each other and with prisons and workhouses, were highly experimental. Principles for maintaining control of space were applied in multiple different ways. One such popular experimental feature trialled in asylums, prisons, workhouses, and other institutions was the panopticon, the architectural arrangement of a building to allow for maximum surveillance through centralised viewpoints and a radial design.
look at the bureaucratic processes which reinforced English rule at provincial level. In the final section of this chapter, the governance of Irish asylums will be considered in relation to the wider question of Ireland’s status as a colony or regional identity.
Homi Bhabha has cited rigid social administration in a colonial context as the outcome of colonial discourses aimed at presenting the colonised as degenerate in order to justify the imposition of colonial power ( 1994 : 101). The imposition of an organised system of record