Migration, Ethnicity, and Madness

New Zealand, 1860–1910

Angela McCarthy

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ISBN: 9781781381625

Publication: April 2, 2015

Series: Migrations and Identities 5

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This book provides a social, cultural, and political history of migration, ethnicity, and madness in New Zealand between 1860 and 1910. Its key aim is to analyse the ways that patients, families, asylum officials, and immigration authorities engaged with the ethnic backgrounds and migration histories and pathways of asylum patients and why. Exploring such issues enables us to appreciate the difficulties that some migrants experienced in their relocation abroad, hardships that are often elided in studies of migration that focus on successful migrant settlement. Drawing upon lunatic asylum records (including patient casebooks and committal forms), immigration files, surgeon superintendents reports, asylum inspector reports, medical journals, and legislation, the book highlights the importance of examining antecedent experiences, the migration process itself, and settlement in the new land as factors that contributed to admission to an asylum. The study also raises broader themes beyond the asylum of discrimination, exclusion, segregation, and marginalisation, issues that are as evident in society today as in the past.

Angela McCarthy is Professor of History at the University of Otago.

List of Illustrations List of Tables Abbreviations Acknowledgements Introduction 1. New Zealand Asylums in the British World 2. Exporting and Repatriating the Insane 3. The Voyage out, Motives, Migration Pathways, Asylum Transfers 4. The New Land and Local Ties 5. Transnational Ties to Home 6. ‘Race’, Ethnicity, and Cross-Cultural Encounters Conclusion Bibliography Index

McCarthy has added important dimensions to the history of insanity in Australia and New Zealand, but even more significant is the depth of insight [this] work offers historians of immigration. [It] deserves a wide readership.
Stephen Garton   Australian Historical Studies

McCarthy [has] added important dimensions to the history of insanity in Australia and New Zealand, but even more significant is the depth of insight [this] work offers historians of immigration. [It] deserves a wide readership.
Stephen Garton   Australian Historical Studies

Angela McCarthy's Migration, Ethnicity and Madness sheds considerable light on the under-researched but important area of the mental health of migrants with special reference to those who settled in the Antipodes from around the world. The book, though historical in focus, resonates powerfully with aspects of the current crisis in global migration.
Sir Tom Devine, Historian   Herald Scotland

Format: Hardback

Size: 239 x 163 mm

256 Pages

Copyright: © 2015

ISBN: 9781781381625

Publication: April 2, 2015

Series: Migrations and Identities 5

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