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Do Penance or Perish: Magdalen Asylums in Ireland

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ISBN10: 0195174607
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Frances Finnegan traces the development of Ireland's Magdalen Asylums--homes that were founded in the mid-nineteenth century for the detention of prostitutes undergoing reform. The inmates of these asylums were discouraged-and many forcibly prevented-from leaving and sometimes were detained for life. Put to work without pay in adjoining laundries, these women were subject to penance, harsh discipline, enforced silence, and prayer. Their hair was cropped, and they were made to wear drab and shapeless clothing. Forbidden to mention their past lives, their children taken away, the inmates themselves were referred to as children and forced to address the nuns as "Mother." As the numbers of prostitutes began to dwindle, the church looked elsewhere for this free labor, targeting other "fallen" women such as unwed mothers and wayward or abused girls. Some were incarcerated simply for being "too beautiful," and therefore in danger of sin. Others were mentally retarded. Most of them were brought to the asylums by their families or priests. Unbelievably, the last of these asylums was closed only in 1996. Drawing on previously unpublished material, Finnegan presents case histories of individual women and their experiences in Magdalen homes, which claimed some 30,000 women in all. She looks at the social consequences of such a system, and ponders how it was able to survive into the late twentieth century, right through the feminist campaign for women's rights. Do Penance or Perish is the first study of this shameful episode in Irish history.

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elmotreacy, May 10, 2007 (view all comments by elmotreacy)
This book gives you an insight into Irish History and how the church controlled the people of Ireland. The horrible conditions and treatment that those poor women had to indure is frightening. Whats even more scary is the fact that the last aslym only closed in 1996. Ireland is still ashamed of this past and refuse to acknowledge that this horrible thing happened.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780195174601
Editor:
Finnegan, Frances
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Editor:
Finnegan, Frances
Author:
Finnegan, Frances
Author:
null, Frances
Location:
New York
Subject:
Women
Subject:
History
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Penology
Subject:
Europe - Ireland
Subject:
Catholicism
Subject:
Theology | History of Christianity | Modern
Subject:
Religion and Theology | History of Christianity | Modern
Subject:
Women - Institutional care - Ireland -
Subject:
Prostitutes - Rehabilitation - Ireland -
Subject:
Religion & Theology | History of Christianity | Modern
Subject:
World History-Ireland
Edition Description:
1st Oxford University Press ed.
Series Volume:
954
Publication Date:
20040331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
15 halftones, 2 line illus.
Pages:
284
Dimensions:
9.50x6.06x.84 in. .95 lbs.

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