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Drinking in Victorian and Edwardian Britain

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ISBN: 9783319929644 Year: Pages: 195 DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-92964-4 Language: English
Publisher: Springer Nature
Subject: Medicine (General) --- Social Sciences --- History
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This open access book surveys drinking in Britain between the Licensing Act of 1869 and the wartime regulations imposed on alcohol production and consumption after 1914. This was a period marked by the expansion of the drink industry and by increasingly restrictive licensing laws. Politics and commerce co-existed with moral and medical concerns about drunkenness and combined, these factors pushed alcohol consumers into the public spotlight. Through an analysis of public and private records, medical texts and sociological studies, the book investigates the reasons why Victorians and Edwardians consumed alcohol in the ways that they did and explores the ideas about alcohol that circulated in the period. This book shows that they had many reasons for purchasing and consuming alcoholic substances and these were driven by broader social, cultural, medical and commercial factors. Although drunkenness may have been the most visible consequence of alcohol consumption, it was not the only type of drinking behaviour. Alcohol played an important social role in the everyday lives of Victorians and Edwardians where its consumption held many different meanings.

Youthquake 2017

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Book Series: Palgrave Studies in Young People and Politics ISBN: 9783319974699 Year: Pages: 129 DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-97469-9 Language: English
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Subject: Political Science --- Sociology
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Political science; Great Britain—Politics and government; Elections; Democracy; Comparative politics; Social groups; Family

Child Protection in England, 1960–2000

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Book Series: Palgrave Studies in the History of Childhood ISBN: 9783319947181 Year: Pages: 215 DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-94718-1 Language: English
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Subject: Political Science --- Social Sciences --- History
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History; Social history; Great Britain—History; Europe—History—1492-; Social policy; Childhood; Adolescence

Harnessing the Power of the Criminal Corpse

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Book Series: Palgrave Historical Studies in the Criminal Corpse and its Afterlife ISBN: 9783319779089 Year: Pages: 273 DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-77908-9 Language: English
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Subject: Science (General) --- Social Sciences --- Sociology --- History
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This open access book is the culmination of many years of research on what happened to the bodies of executed criminals in the past. Focusing on the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, it looks at the consequences of the 1752 Murder Act. These criminal bodies had a crucial role in the history of medicine, and the history of crime, and great symbolic resonance in literature and popular culture. Starting with a consideration of the criminal corpse in the medieval and early modern periods, chapters go on to review the histories of criminal justice, of medical history and of gibbeting under the Murder Act, and ends with some discussion of the afterlives of the corpse, in literature, folklore and in contemporary medical ethics. Using sophisticated insights from cultural history, archaeology, literature, philosophy and ethics as well as medical and crime history, this book is a uniquely interdisciplinary take on a fascinating historical phenomenon.

Vermin, Victims and Disease

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ISBN: 9783030191863 Year: Pages: 366 DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-19186-3 Language: English
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Subject: Geography --- Medicine (General) --- Political Science --- History
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This open access book provides the first critical history of the controversy over whether to cull wild badgers to control the spread of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) in British cattle. This question has plagued several professional generations of politicians, policymakers, experts and campaigners since the early 1970s. Questions of what is known, who knows, who cares, who to trust and what to do about this complex problem have been the source of scientific, policy, and increasingly vociferous public debate ever since. This book integrates contemporary history, science and technology studies, human-animal relations, and policy research to conduct a cross-cutting analysis. It explores the worldviews of those involved with animal health, disease ecology and badger protection between the 1970s and 1990s, before reintegrating them to investigate the recent public polarisation of the controversy. Finally it asks how we might move beyond the current impasse.

Placing the Public in Public Health in Post-War Britain, 1948–2012

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Book Series: Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Modern History ISBN: 9783030186852 Year: Pages: 141 DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-18685-2 Language: English
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Subject: Medicine (General) --- History
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This open access book explores the question of who or what ‘the public’ is within ‘public health’ in post-war Britain. Drawing on historical research on the place of the public in public health in Britain from the establishment of the National Health Service in 1948, the book presents a new perspective on the relationship between state and citizen. Focusing on health education, health surveys, heart disease and the development of vaccination policy and practice, the book establishes that ‘the public’ was not one thing but many. It considers how public health policy makers and practitioners imagined the public or publics. These publics were not mere constructions; they had agency and the ability to ‘speak back’ to public health. The nature of publicness changed during the latter half of the twentieth century, and this book argues that the relationship between the public and public health offers a powerful lens through which to examine such shifts.

A History of Self-Harm in Britain

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Book Series: Mental Health in Historical Perspective ISBN: 9781137529626 Year: Pages: 268 DOI: 10.1007/978-1-137-52962-6 Language: English
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Subject: Science (General) --- Psychiatry --- Medicine (General) --- History
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This book is open access under a CC BY license and charts the rise and fall of various self-harming behaviours in twentieth-century Britain. It puts self-cutting and overdosing into historical perspective, linking them to the huge changes that occur in mental and physical healthcare, social work and wider politics.

A History of Male Psychological Disorders in Britain, 1945-1980

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Book Series: Mental Health in Historical Perspective ISBN: 9781137448880 Year: Pages: 215 DOI: 10.1007/978-1-137-44888-0 Language: English
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Subject: Science (General) --- Psychiatry --- Gender Studies --- History
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This book is open access under a CC BY license and explores the under-researched history of male mental illness from the mid-twentieth century. It argues that statistics suggesting women have been more vulnerable to depression and anxiety are misleading since they underplay a host of alternative presentations of 'distress' more common in men.

A History of Self-Harm in Britain

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ISBN: 9781137529619 9781137529626 Year: Pages: 268 DOI: 10.1057/9781137529626 Language: English
Publisher: Springer Nature Grant: Wellcome Trust - 89708
Subject: Medicine (General)
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This book is the first account of self-harming behaviour in its proper historical and political context. The rise of self-cutting and overdosing in the 20th century is linked to the sweeping changes in mental and physical health, and wider political context. The welfare state, social work, Second World War, closure of the asylums, even the legalization of suicide, are all implicated in the prominence of self harm in Britain. The rise of 'overdosing as a cry for help' is linked to the integration of mental and physical healthcare, the NHS, and the change in the law on suicide and attempted suicide. The shift from overdosing to self-cutting as the most prominent 'self-damaging' behaviour is also explained, linked to changes in hospital organization and the wider rise of neoliberal politics. Appreciation of history and politics is vital to understanding the psychological concerns over these self-harming behaviours.

Wellbeing and Devolution

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Book Series: Wellbeing in Politics and Policy ISBN: 9783030022303 Year: Pages: 165 DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-02230-3 Language: English
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Subject: Political Science --- Sociology --- History --- Migration
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It has been over twenty years since the people of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland voted for devolution. Over that time, the devolved legislatures have established themselves and matured their approach to governance. At different times and for different reasons, each has put wellbeing at the heart of their approach – codifying their values and goals within wellbeing frameworks. This open access book explores, for the first time, why each set their goal as improving wellbeing and how they balance the core elements of societal wellbeing (economic, social and environmental outcomes). Do the frameworks represent a genuine attempt to think differently about how devolved government can plan and organise public services? And if so, what early indications are there of the impact is this having on people’s lives?

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