A Sociohistorical Perspective on Deinstitutionalization: The Case of Late Imperial Russia

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Julie V Brown, Associate Professor and Head (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: An astute observer of the Russian scene commented at the turn of the century that the response of a society, and in particular its ruling class, to the mentally disturbed is an excellent indicator of its level of development (Iakobii, 1900:119). The author's statement served to introduce his extensive analysis of the role of psychiatry and mental institutions in Russia and the West, a central thesis of which was that the isolation of the insane in custodial asylums was in large part motivated by the bourgeoisie's desire to protect itself and its property. Ironically, Iakobii's treatise was published on the eve of a major shift in policy toward mental institutions in Russia. In the early twentieth century Russian policy makers began to withdraw support from the asylum and urge instead the development of community-based programs for the mentally disturbed.

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Research in Law, Deviance and Social Control, 7:167-188.
Language: English
Date: 1985
Russia, Mental health, Health care, Bolsheviks

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