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The Resource "Misfits" in fin-de-siècle France and Italy : anatomies of difference, Susan A. Ashley

"Misfits" in fin-de-siècle France and Italy : anatomies of difference, Susan A. Ashley

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"Misfits" in fin-de-siècle France and Italy : anatomies of difference
Title
"Misfits" in fin-de-siècle France and Italy
Title remainder
anatomies of difference
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Susan A. Ashley
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eng
Summary
  • "An exploration of how doctors and social scientists in Fin de siècle France and Italy explained crime, vagrancy, perversion, insanity, neurosis and genius"--
  • "As the 19th century drew to a close, France and Italy experienced an explosion of crime, vagrancy, insanity, neurosis and sexual deviance. 'Misfits' in Fin de siècle France and Italy examines how the raft of self-appointed experts that subsequently emerged tried to explain this aberrant behavior and the many consequences this had. Susan Ashley considers why these different phenomena were understood to be interchangeable versions of the same inborn defects. The book looks at why specialists in newly-minted disciplines in medicine and the social sciences, such as criminology, neurology and sexology, all claimed that biological flaws--some inherited and some arising from illness or trauma--made it impossible for these 'misfits' to adapt to modern life. Ashley then goes on to analyse the solutions these specialists proposed, often distinguishing between born deviants who belonged in asylums or prisons and 'accidental misfits' who deserved solidarity and social support through changes to laws relating to issues like poverty and unemployment. The study draws on a comprehensive examination of contemporary texts and features the work of leading authorities like Cesare Lombroso, Jean-Martin Charcot, and Théodule Ribot, as well as investigators less known now but influential at the time. The comparative aspect also interestingly shows that experts collaborated closely across national and disciplinary borders, employed similar methods and arrived at common conclusions. This is a valuable study for all social and cultural historians of France and Italy and anyone interested in knowing more about the history of medicine in modern Europe"--
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1943-
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Ashley, Susan A.
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no index present
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non fiction
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  • France
  • Italy
  • Marginality, Social
  • Marginality, Social
  • Deviant behavior
  • Social medicine
  • Social sciences
  • Deviant behavior
  • Marginality, Social
  • Social conditions
  • Social medicine
  • Social sciences
  • France
  • Italy
  • 44.01 history of medicine
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"Misfits" in fin-de-siècle France and Italy : anatomies of difference, Susan A. Ashley
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-285) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. In Spite of Evolution, Because of Modern Life -- Part I. Mental Misfits -- 2. Geniuses -- 3. Lunatics -- 4. Neurotics -- Part II. Social Misfits -- 5. Vagabonds -- 6. Criminals -- 7. Sexual Deviants -- 8. Singular Analogies
Control code
964698204
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 300 pages
Isbn
9781350013391
Lccn
2016047249
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)964698204
Label
"Misfits" in fin-de-siècle France and Italy : anatomies of difference, Susan A. Ashley
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-285) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. In Spite of Evolution, Because of Modern Life -- Part I. Mental Misfits -- 2. Geniuses -- 3. Lunatics -- 4. Neurotics -- Part II. Social Misfits -- 5. Vagabonds -- 6. Criminals -- 7. Sexual Deviants -- 8. Singular Analogies
Control code
964698204
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 300 pages
Isbn
9781350013391
Lccn
2016047249
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)964698204

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