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Dorothea Dix : a social researcher and reformer

conference contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by C Smark
Dorothea Lynde Dix (1802 – 1887) was a passionate and pioneering nineteenth century mental health reformer. Bound by the conventions and proprieties of her time, she was nevertheless a ground breaking advocate of people with mental illness. Her methods of research, lobbying and advocacy were both innovative and effective. This paper traces Dorothea Lynde Dix’s researches in Massachusetts from 1841 until 1848. Her methods of research and lobbying are illustrated in the context of social and legal conventions that did not allow women to directly address the state legislatures of the time. The detractors of “Dragon Dix” are examined. Her successes are also celebrated in this paper.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Parent Title

Women in Research Conference : a national conference about “Women Doing Research”, Gladstone CQU Campus, Gladstone, 24-25 November, 2005.

Start Page

1

End Page

11

Number of Pages

11

Start Date

01/01/2005

ISBN-10

1921047100

Location

Gladstone, Qld.

Publisher

Central Queensland University

Place of Publication

Gladstone, Qld.

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Central Queensland University; University of Wollongong;

Era Eligible

No

Name of Conference

Central Queensland University. Women in Research. Conference

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