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Asylums

Asylums

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Written by Erving GoffmanAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Erving Goffman

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
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  • Publisher: Anchor
  • On Sale: October 18, 1961
  • Price: $17.95
  • ISBN: 978-0-385-00016-1 (0-385-00016-2)
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Asylums is an analysis of life in "total institutions"-closed worlds such as prisons, army camps, and nursing homes-where inmates are regimented, surrounded by other inmates, and unable to leave the premises. Special attention is given to mental hospitals, drawing on years of field work by the author and focusing on the relationship between the inmate and the institution, how the setting affects the person, and how the person deals with life on the inside.