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Armed Madhouse

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Armed Madhouse By Greg Palast
Publisher: Dut..ton Ad..ult 2006 | 384 Pages | ISBN: 0525949682 | EPUB | 1 MB

Armed Madhouse
The "top journalist in America and the funniest" (Randi Rhodes, Air America), takes his previous New York Times bestseller a step further with hot undercover dispatches- hanging out the dirty underpants of the "armed and dangerous clowns that rule us."
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Armed Madhouse

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Armed Madhouse By Greg Palast
Publisher: Dut..ton Ad..ult 2006 | 384 Pages | ISBN: 0525949682 | EPUB | 1 MB

Armed Madhouse
The "top journalist in America and the funniest" (Randi Rhodes, Air America), takes his previous New York Times bestseller a step further with hot undercover dispatches- hanging out the dirty underpants of the "armed and dangerous clowns that rule us."
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Eccentricity and the Cultural Imagination in Nineteenth-Century Paris

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Miranda Gill "Eccentricity and the Cultural Imagination in Nineteenth-Century Paris"
Oxford University Press | English | 2009-03-15 | ISBN: 0199543283 | 320 pages | PDF | 3 MB

Eccentricity and the Cultural Imagination in Nineteenth-Century Paris
What did it mean to call someone 'eccentric' in nineteenth-century Paris? And why did breaking with convention arouse such ambivalent responses in middle-class readers, writers, and spectators? From high society to Bohemia and the demi-monde to the madhouse, the scandal of nonconformism provoked anxiety, disgust, and often secre yearning. In a culture preoccupied by the need for order ye simultaneously drawn to the values of freedom and innovation, eccentricity continually tested the boundaries of bourgeois identity, ultimately becoming inseparable from it. This interdisciplinary study charts shifting French perceptions of the anomalous and bizarre from the 1830s to the fin de siecle, focusing on three key issues. First, during the July Monarchy eccentricity was linked to fashion dandyism, and commodity culture; to many Parisians it epitomized the dangerous seductions of modernity and the growing prestige of the courtesan. Second, in the aftermath of the 1848 Revolution eccentricity was associated with the Bohemian artists and performers who inhabited 'the unknown Paris', a zone of social exclusion which middle-class spectators found both fascinating and repugnant. Finally, the popularization of medical theories of national decline in the latter part of the century led to decreasing tolerance for individual difference, and eccentricity was interpreted as a symptom of hidden insanity and deformity. Drawing on a wide range of sources, including etiquette manuals, fashion magazines, newspapers, novels, and psychiatric treatises, the study highlights the central role of gender in shaping perceptions of eccentricity. It provides new readings of works by major French writers and illuminates both well-known and neglected figures of Parisian modernity, from the courtesan and Bohemian to the female dandy and circus freak.
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Inconvenient People: Lunacy, Liberty, and the Mad-Doctors in England

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Inconvenient People: Lunacy, Liberty, and the Mad-Doctors in England by Sarah Wise
English | 2013 | ISBN: 1619021714 | 480 pages | EPUB | 3,6 MB

Inconvenient People: Lunacy, Liberty, and the Mad-Doctors in England
The phenomenon of false allegations of mental illness is as old as our first interactions as human beings. Every one of us has described some other person as crazy or insane, and most all of us have had periods, moments at least, of madness. But it took the confluence of the law and medical science, mad-doctors, alienists, priests and barristers, to raise the matter to a level of "science," capable of being used by conniving relatives, "designing families" and scheming neighbors to destroy people who found themselves in the way, people whose removal could provide their survivors with money or property or other less frivolous benefits. Girl Interrupted in only a recent example. And reversing this sort of diagnosis and incarceration became increasingly more difficult, as even the most temperate attempt to leave these "homes" or "hospitals" was deemed "crazy." Kept in a madhouse, one became a little mad, as Jack Nicholson and Ken Kesey explain in One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest.

In this sadly terrifying, emotionally moving, and occasionally hilarious book, twelve cases of contested lunacy are offered as examples of the shifting arguments regarding what constituted sanity and insanity. They offer unique insight into the fears of sexuality, inherited madness, greed and fraud, until public feeling shifted and turned against the rising alienists who would challenge liberty and freedom of people who were perhaps simply "difficult," but were turned into victims of this unscrupulous trade.

This fascinating book is filled with stories almost impossible to believe but wildly engaging, a book one will not soon forget.
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