Potential Applications of the Bioarchaeology of Care Methodological Approach for Historic Institutionalized Populations
Author(s): Lori Tremblay Critcher
In the 19th century, mental institutions were created in the United States to provide care for the mentally ill. These state institutions of care were designed to serve as cultural buffers to protect mentally ill individuals from the harsh conditions that they would have otherwise been exposed to in other state institutions, such prisons or poorhouses. In this paper, I examine whether and to what extent Tilley’s (2012) "Bioarchaeology of Care" methodological approach provides a means to evaluate the efficacy of these state institutions to serve as cultural buffers as well as the limitations of this approach in doing so.
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Potential Applications of the Bioarchaeology of Care Methodological Approach for Historic Institutionalized Populations. Lori Tremblay Critcher. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395746)
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