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From asylum to prison : deinstitutionalization and the rise of mass incarceration after 1945

Author: Anne E Parsons
Publisher: Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2018] ©2018
Series: Justice, power, and politics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Prisons and asylums developed in parallel in the United States as institutions dedicated to the quarantine, detention, and punishment of the socially marginal. A widely accepted popular narrative holds that deinstitutionalization from the 1950s to the 1990s diminished the role of asylums in America. Yet, as Anne E. Parsons reveals, the asylum did not die--in fact, many of its structures have been transformed into  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anne E Parsons
ISBN: 9781469640631 1469640635
OCLC Number: 1028583418
Description: 221 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
Contents: Mental hospitals and the carceral state --
Unlocking the doors --
Flying the cuckoo's nest --
Custodialism reborn --
Cruel choices.
Series Title: Justice, power, and politics.
Responsibility: Anne E. Parsons.

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To many, asylums are a relic of a bygone era. State governments took steps between 1950 and 1990 to minimize the involuntary confinement of people in psychiatric hospitals, and many mental health  Read more...

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