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Madness at HomeThe Psychiatrist, the Patient, and the Family in England, 1820-1860$
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Akihito Suzuki

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520245808

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520245808.001.0001

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Public Authorities and the Ambiguities of the Lunatic at Home

Public Authorities and the Ambiguities of the Lunatic at Home

(p.151) Six Public Authorities and the Ambiguities of the Lunatic at Home
Madness at Home

Akihito Suzuki

University of California Press

This chapter widens the scope of inquiry, and examines the ambiguous relationships between the family and public authorities of various sorts over the question of managing lunatics within the household. First, it looks at the changing relationships between the state and the family in terms of commissions of lunacy, and discusses the background and the impact of some legal changes during the period under consideration. The chapter then shows that there existed deep ambiguities about the extent of the power of public authorities, using the case of George Smith as an example. It concludes by examining the conflicting approaches within the central government to the question of lunacy and privacy.

Keywords:   family, public authorities, lunatics, George Smith, privacy

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