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Madness in Buenos Aires

Patients, Psychiatrists and the Argentine State, 1880-1983

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Madness in Buenos Aires by Jonathan Ablard
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Madness in Buenos Aires : Patients, Psychiatrists and the Argentine State, 1880-1983 examines the interactions between psychiatrists, patients, and their families, and the national state in modern Argentina. This book offers a fresh interpretation of the Argentine state's relationship to modernity and social change during the twentieth century, while also examining the often contentious place of psychiatry in modern Argentina. Drawing on a number of previously untapped archival sources, Jonathan Ablard uses the experience of psychiatric patients as a case study of how the Argentine state developed and functioned over the last century and of how Argentines interacted with it. Ablard argues that the capacity of the Argentine state to provide social services and professional opportunities and to control the populace was often constrained to an extent not previously recognized in the scholarly literature. These limitations, including a shortage of hospitals, insufficient budgets, and political and economic instability, shaped the experiences of patients, their families, and doctors and also influenced medical and lay ideas about the nature and significance of mental illness. Furthermore, these experiences, and the institutional framework in which they were imbedded, had a profound impact on how Argentine psychiatrists discussed, not only mental illness, but also a host of related themes, including immigration, poverty, and the role of the state in mitigating social problems. Copublished with Ohio University Press

Author Biography

Jonathan D. Ablard is associate professor of history at Ithaca College.
Release date NZ
July 30th, 2008
Country of Publication
Canada
Illustrations
22 b/w photos & 1 map
Imprint
University of Calgary Press
Pages
332
Dimensions
152x228x18
ISBN-13
9781552382332
Product ID
2072558

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