Portes ouvertes sur l'institutionnalisation de la folie à Québec : étude de l'Asile de Beauport, 1845-1893

Authors: St-Pierre, Vincent
Advisor: Daigle, Johanne
Abstract: This thesis concerns the process of institutionalizing madness in asylums, during the middle of the XIXth century in Quebec City. More specifically, this study is concerned with the Asile de Beauport, the first permanent asylum in the province of Quebec. This establishment was managed by three generations of owners, from its opening in 1845 until 1893, when it fell under the management of the Soeurs de la Charité de Québec, using the farming-out system. The main focus of this research examines the experiences and interactions between different players involved in the process of institutionalizing madness: owners, medical and non-medical staff, the State, the patient’s family and community. This approach to the history of the Asile de Beauport allows the examination of a reality often different from the legal context, a reality born from the adaptation of the various players to the system whose therapeutic objective was replaced by a capitalist enterprise. This profitfocused management model was manifest at every step of the asylum’s institutionalization, such as admission, internment and release of patients.
Document Type: Mémoire de maîtrise
Issue Date: 2017
Open Access Date: 24 April 2018
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/27509
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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