TOPIC 10 (WEEK 2): INTRODUCTION
This is a 'fairly' new topic on the module, a response to the growing literature in this field. My aim this week is to consider the emerging historical literature on this theme and to relate it to ongoing concerns in psychiatry. There is less reading this week, but spend some time doing some private research into this topic and trying to locate evidence of current debates within psychiatry about the relationship between ethnicity, migration and mental health (also have a look at the Kirkbride and Jones chapter for a current assessment of the relationship between migration and mental illness). What is also notable in this week’s session is that it will expose you to a variety of approaches in the history of psychiatry, with publications from social and cultural historians, social geographers, psychiatrists and other medical professionals involved in mental health work. Much of the reading below relates to Irish migration - as I have researched this. But I would encourage you to research the relationship between mental illness and migration in contexts of your choice. Use this week too to carry out more reading on ideas of race and madness, particularly the material on Ireland and Australasia.
Also there is another play to view, 'A Malady of Migration' with supporting essays and podcasts of panel discussions: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/history/chm/outreach/migration/ Spend some time viewing this and also thinking about different ways historical ideas can be conveyed and debated beyond academic publications to broader audiences.
See also the short article I published with Catherine Cox in The Conservation on the novel Alias Grace and Irish migration
** Elizabeth Malcolm, ‘“The House of Strident Shadows”: The Asylum, the Family, and Emigration in Post-Famine Rural Ireland’, in Greta Jones and Elizabeth Malcolm (eds), Medicine, Disease and the State in Ireland, 1650-1940 (Cork: Cork University Press, 1999), pp. 177-91. Several copies in library and Talis Aspire
** Catherine Cox, Hilary Marland and Sarah York, ‘Emaciated, Exhausted and Excited: The Bodies and Minds of the Irish in Nineteenth-Century Lancashire Asylums’, Journal of Social History, 46 (2012), 500-24. e-journal
* Vishal Bhasvar and Dinesh Bhugra, ‘Bethlem’s Irish: Migration and Distress in Nineteenth-Century London’, History of Psychiatry, 20 (2009), 184-98. e-journal
* John W. Fox, ‘Irish Immigrants, Pauperism, and Insanity in 1854
Massachusetts’, Social Science History, 15 (1991), 315-36. e-journal
Liam Clarke, ‘Mental Illness and Irish People: Stereotypes, Determinants and Changing Perspectives’, Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 5 (1998), 555-62. e-journal
Louise Ryan et al., ‘Depression in Irish Migrants Living in London: Case-Control Study’, British Journal of Psychiatry, 188 (2006), 560-6. e-journal
S.P. Singh and T. Burns, ‘Race and Mental Illness: There is More to Race than Racism’, British Medical Journal, 333 (2006), 648-51. e-journal
S.P. Singh et al., ‘Ethnicity and the Mental Health Act
1983’, British Journal of Psychiatry, 191 (2007), 99-105. e-journal
Dinesh Bhugra and Susham Gupta (eds), Migration and Mental Health (Cambridge University Press, 2011) (one to dip into - multiple essays relating to recent research in medicine on this area). e-book