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Melbourne and Auckland, 1850s-1890s

and the susceptibility of new migrants to mental breakdown, illness and institutionalisation. While many of the patient notes are as brief as those described above, these can also reveal something of the patterns of life of mobile immigrants in the colonies. Their stories also gesture to an imperial and colonial web of social institutions. This system of colonial institutions in an imperial context has

in Insanity, identity and empire

This article aims to shed light on the post-mortem practices for Palestinian dead bodies when there is suspicion of human rights violations by Israeli military forces. By focusing on the case of Omran Abu Hamdieh from Al-Khalil (Hebron), the article explores the interactions between Palestinian social-institutional agents, Israeli military forces and international medico-legal agents. Drawing on ethnographic and archival data, the article explores how the intersectionality between the various controlling powers is inscribed over the Palestinian dead bodies and structures their death rites. The article claims that inviting foreign medico-legal experts in the Palestinian context could reveal the true death story and the human rights violations, but also reaffirms the sovereignty of the Israeli military forces over the Palestinian dead and lived bodies.

Human Remains and Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal
Managing madness in early nineteenth-century asylums

An archaeology of lunacy examines the historic lunatic asylum from an interdisciplinary perspective, employing methods drawn from archaeology, social geography, and history to create a holistic view of the built heritage of the asylum as a distinctive building type. In the popular imagination, historic lunatic asylums were dark, monolithic, and homogenous, instruments for social confinement and punishment. This book aims to redress this historical reputation, showing how the built environment and material worlds of lunatic asylums were distinctive and idiosyncratic – and highly regional. They were also progressive spaces and proving grounds of architectural experimentation, where the reformed treatment practices known as moral management were trialled and refined. The standing remains of the nineteenth-century lunatic asylum system represent a unique opportunity to study a building-type in active transition, both materially and ideologically. When they were constructed, asylums were a composite of reform ideals, architectural materials, and innovative design approaches. An archaeological study of these institutions can offer a materially focused examination of how the buildings worked on a daily basis. This study combines critical analysis of the architecture, material remains, and historical documentary sources for lunatic asylums in England and Ireland. Students and scholars of later historical archaeology and built heritage will find the book a useful overview of this institutional site type, while historians of medicine will find the focus on interior design and architecture of use. The general public, for whom asylums frequently represent shadowy ruins or anonymous redevelopments, may be interested in learning more about the buildings.

Immigrants and institutional confinement in Australia and New Zealand, 1873–1910

This book examines the formation of colonial social identities inside the institutions for the insane in Australia and New Zealand. Taking a large sample of patient records, the book pays particular attention to gender, ethnicity and class as categories of analysis. The book reminds us of the varied journeys of immigrants to the colonies: and of how and where they stopped, for different reasons, inside the social institutions of the period. It is about their stories of mobility, how these were told and produced inside institutions for the insane, and how, in the telling, colonial identities were asserted and formed. Having engaged with the structural imperatives of ‘Empire’ and with the varied imperial meanings of gender, sexuality and medicine, historians have considered the movements of travellers, migrants, military bodies and medical personnel, and ‘transnational lives’. This book examines an empire-wide discourse of ‘madness’ as part of this inquiry. (148)

The mutual paranoia of Jacques Derrida and Niklas Luhmann

‘transcendental illusion’ of gift which ‘exceeds the limits of experience, knowledge, science, economy – and even philosophy’. 21 Thus, although they initially agree on the paradoxical foundation of law and of the economy, the two schools of thought in fact have nothing to say to each other. Luhmann asks how de-paradoxification techniques construct the immanence of social institutions and build a

in Critical theory and legal autopoiesis
Melbourne and Auckland, 1850s-1880s

and to the east of the main population centres in the south-eastern part of the continent, with the largest centre of population in Melbourne in 1888. 31 ‘Mobility’ and ‘settlement’ operated in a dynamic and dialectical relationship in the past, and both were forces for social change. Social institutions in the past, such as families, the Law and the Church, were not immutable in the wake of new

in Insanity, identity and empire
The Canadian Mounted Police and the Klondike gold rush

idea of eugenics. 1 In its milder version, as displayed during the Klondike gold rush, it furnished a kind of Canadian nationalism, based largely on invidious comparisons with American social institutions. The gold rush also provides a clear illustration of Canada’s policy towards her northern regions, these internal ‘colonies’, as one historian has called them. 2 This famous

in Policing the empire
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with its own social institutions. 8 Three further moves assist the conscription of cultures to the liberal side. The first move consists in saying that cultures are (a) valuable and (b) distinct, but that (c) they do not consist of shared values. 9 (a) Since cultures are valuable, at least for their members, there is a loss involved if they begin to erode. This gives the basic rationale for a theory of

in Political concepts
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through the window not only from society to alcohol, but also from alcohol to society’; hopefully this book will go some way towards achieving this perspective.3 This book focuses on England partly for the simple reason that any study of such a large subject requires selection. However, the drink question has never been a uniquely English phenomenon and this book is not an attempt to suggest that it is. Nevertheless, drinking does occupy a particularly ambivalent role in English society. The pub is, with good reason, seen as a social institution of unparalleled

in The politics of alcohol

over the reform of schools was minimal (so much so that R. R. Palmer could plausibly claim that “Émile has nothing to do with schools”19). Émile gives us good reason to think that Rousseau saw his project as divorced from the sorts of social, institutional, and practical concerns that emerged with the Jesuits’ expulsion. Rousseau wrote dismissively of the educational institutions and political concepts being debated in the 1760s: “I do not consider those laughable institutions we call collèges to be institutions of public education” and, more directly still, “public

in In pursuit of politics