Asylums

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‘Asylums’ presents four interlinked essays that explore life in the ‘total institutions’: the closed systems of prisons, boarding schools, nursing homes and, most importantly, mental institutions. Focusing on the relationship between an inmate and the institution that contains them, Goffman unpicks how lives are managed ‘on the inside’, and how the setting more often than not works against the inmate’s best interests.

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One of most influential social scientist of the twentieth century examines the meaning of the asylum

‘Psychiatric staff share with policemen the peculiar occupational task of hectoring and moralizing adults’

This groundbreaking work of social science explores life in ‘total institutions’: the closed, regimented systems of prisons, boarding schools, nursing homes and, most importantly, mental hospitals, which cut individuals off from society. Focusing on the relationship between an inmate and the institution that contains them, Goffman unpicks how lives are managed ‘on the inside’, the loss of selfhood experienced by those held there, and the ways in which they try to regain their identities.

‘One of the most distinguished and provocative of social scientists’ The Times

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Weight 0.258 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 2 cm
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Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

336

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

362.21 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K