Migration, Ethnicity, and Madness
New Zealand, 1860–1910
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 is meticulous in presenting statistics … [and] eloquent … in the presentation and interpretation of specific personal “stories”. … [H]er book adds a further dimension that may well influence scholars far beyond Australasia … as a source of migration in its own right. … All students of international migration will benefit from McCarthy’s unveiling of an unfamiliar paper trail that invites us to reconstruct the movements and motives of a hitherto undocumented and “marginal” stratum. The fact that those identified as lunatics were at the margin of respectable society actually enhances their historical interest, providing extreme illustrations of issues that united and divided societies at large.’
David Fitzpatrick, Immigrants and Minorities.
‘A masterly and deeply insightful study … exhaustively researched … lucidly argued … illuminates brilliantly what has sometimes been seen as a shadowy part of the country’s history.’
Paul Moon, New Zealand Books, Autumn 2016.
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
Size: 239 x 163 mm
Publication: April 2, 2015
Series: Migrations and Identities 5