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Title: 'Diseased Vessels and Punished Bodies' : A Study of Material Culture and Control in Staffordshire County Gaol and Lunatic Asylum, c.l 793-1866
Author: Wynter, Rebecca Imogen
ISNI:       0000 0004 2690 9124
Awarding Body: The University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2008
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This thesis examines material culture and control at Staffordshire County Gaol and Lunatic Asylum between c. 1793 and 1866. Staffordshire was one of the first counties to voluntarily establish and operate a modern prison and asylum. The institutions were conceived as holistic approaches to cure. The intentions and practice of both facilities are scrutinised in order to present a synthesis of institutional provision in the county town. This thesis aims to foster a better understanding of the realities of everyday life inside by studying and comparing the `things' that surrounded the prisoner and the patient. By looking at location, space, architecture, dress, the paraphernalia of work and leisure and diet at both establishments; secondary punishments at the prison; and medicine and restraint at the asylum, it is proposed that control was manifested in three different ways at Stafford: implicit, direct and intrusive. These types of control formed three concentric circles that gradually encroached on the body of the inmate. The effectiveness of the three forms of control, and therefore the institution itself, was ultimately dependent on the response of the inmate to their surroundings
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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