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Colonizing Madness [electronic resource] : Asylum and Community in Fiji.

By: Leckie, Jacqueline.
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Publisher: Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press, 2019Description: 1 online resource (296 p.).ISBN: 9780824881900; 0824881907.Subject(s): Mental illness -- Social aspects -- Fiji | Mentally ill -- Fiji -- Suva | Asylums -- Fiji -- Suva -- HistoryAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Colonizing Madness : Asylum and Community in FijiDDC classification: 362.196/890099611 LOC classification: RA790.7.F47Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Introducing the colonalization of madness into Fiji -- Displaced minds: Indo-Fijians and mental distress -- Lialia? Indigenous Fijians, community and "madness" -- Mad women -- Diagnoses and discourse of mental disorders -- Struggling with madness: control, treatments, and resistance.
Summary: "Leckie tells a forgotten story of silence, suffering, and transgressions in the colonial Pacific. It offers new insights into a history of Fiji by entering the Pacific Islands' most enduring psychiatric institution--St Giles Psychiatric Hospital--established as Fiji's Public Lunatic Asylum in 1884. Her nuanced study reveals a microcosm of Fiji's indigenous, migrant, and colonial communities and examines how individuals and communities lived with the label of madness in an ethnically complex island society. Tracking longitudinal change from the 1880s to the present in the construction and treatment of mental disorder in Fiji, the book emphasizes the colonization of madness across and within the divides of culture, ethnicity, religion, gender, economics, and power. Colonization of madness in Fiji was forged by the entanglement of colonial institutions and cultures that reflected tensions and prejudices within homes, villages, workplaces, and churches. Mental despair was equally an outcome of the destruction and displacement wrought by migration and colonialism. Madness was further cast within the wider world of colonial psychiatry, Western biomedicine, and asylum building. The "community within" the asylum is a feature in Leckie's study, with attention to patient agency to show how those labeled insane resisted diagnoses of their minds, confinement, and constraints. She argues that madness in colonial Fiji reflects dynamics between the asylum and the community, and that "reading" asylum archives sheds new light on race/ethnicity, gender, and power in colonial Fiji. Exploring the meaning of madness in Fiji, the author does not shy away from asking controversial questions about how Pacific cultures define normality and abnormality and also how communities respond"-- Provided by publisher.
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Introducing the colonalization of madness into Fiji -- Displaced minds: Indo-Fijians and mental distress -- Lialia? Indigenous Fijians, community and "madness" -- Mad women -- Diagnoses and discourse of mental disorders -- Struggling with madness: control, treatments, and resistance.

"Leckie tells a forgotten story of silence, suffering, and transgressions in the colonial Pacific. It offers new insights into a history of Fiji by entering the Pacific Islands' most enduring psychiatric institution--St Giles Psychiatric Hospital--established as Fiji's Public Lunatic Asylum in 1884. Her nuanced study reveals a microcosm of Fiji's indigenous, migrant, and colonial communities and examines how individuals and communities lived with the label of madness in an ethnically complex island society. Tracking longitudinal change from the 1880s to the present in the construction and treatment of mental disorder in Fiji, the book emphasizes the colonization of madness across and within the divides of culture, ethnicity, religion, gender, economics, and power. Colonization of madness in Fiji was forged by the entanglement of colonial institutions and cultures that reflected tensions and prejudices within homes, villages, workplaces, and churches. Mental despair was equally an outcome of the destruction and displacement wrought by migration and colonialism. Madness was further cast within the wider world of colonial psychiatry, Western biomedicine, and asylum building. The "community within" the asylum is a feature in Leckie's study, with attention to patient agency to show how those labeled insane resisted diagnoses of their minds, confinement, and constraints. She argues that madness in colonial Fiji reflects dynamics between the asylum and the community, and that "reading" asylum archives sheds new light on race/ethnicity, gender, and power in colonial Fiji. Exploring the meaning of madness in Fiji, the author does not shy away from asking controversial questions about how Pacific cultures define normality and abnormality and also how communities respond"-- Provided by publisher.

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Jacqueline Leckie is adjunct Research Fellow at Stout Centre for New Zealand Studies, Victoria University of Wellington and Conjoint Associate Professor at School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Newcastle.

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