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'The Path to Reform? Problematic treatments and patient experience in nineteenth- century female inebriate institutions'

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Claudia Soares


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Nineteenth-century perceptions of alcoholism were shaped implicitly by notions of gender, class and morality. From 1879, legislation advocated the institutional management of inebriates as a response to the growing problem of habitual drunkenness. Examining the methods of treating varied classes of female alcoholics in three inebriate institutions between 1876 and 1898, this article highlights how reformatory and punitive treatment models were shaped by class and gender perceptions of the alcoholic. The article questions why the application of reformatory treatment models proved problematic and analyzes the points of tension encountered in the attempts to reform a mixed class of female patients.

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Author(s): Soares C

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Cultural and Social History

Year: 2015

Volume: 12

Issue: 3

Pages: 411-429

Print publication date: 02/12/2015

Acceptance date: 02/12/1999

ISSN (print): 1478-0038

ISSN (electronic): 1478-0046

Publisher: Taylor and Francis


DOI: 10.1080/14780038.2015.1050896


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