'Looting' the Lock Hospital in colonial Madras during the famine years of the 1870s
Hodges, Sarah. (2005) 'Looting' the Lock Hospital in colonial Madras during the famine years of the 1870s. Social History of Medicine, Vol.18 (No.3). pp. 379-398. ISSN 0951-631XFull text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/shm/hki051
The history of the Madras government's lock hospitals in the fan-tine years of the 1870s demonstrates that, although the operation of colonial lock hospitals was primarily coercive and punitive, their inmates regularly interrupted and reconfigured the hospitals' functioning in unexpected ways. While shrewd and successful prostitutes incorporated the Indian Contagious Diseases Acts' (1864 and 1868) compulsory registration and regular incarceration into their business practices, destitute women incorporated lock hospitals into their strategies for survival and transformed these institutions into (albeit grim) asylums of relief. In short, women enrolled lock hospitals into their own distinct regimes of governance just as they were caught up within others.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||D History General and Old World > DS Asia
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
|Divisions:||Faculty of Arts > History
Faculty of Arts > History > Centre for the History of Medicine
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Sexually transmitted diseases -- Hospitals -- India -- Madras -- History -- 19th century, Famines -- India -- Madras -- History -- 19th century, Poor women -- India -- Madras -- History -- 19th century|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Social History of Medicine|
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
|Number of Pages:||20|
|Page Range:||pp. 379-398|
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