Archaeological Investigations of Control and Autonomy at the Colony Farm of the Michigan State Asylum, 1880-1950
Date of Award
Master of Arts
Dr. Louann Wurst
Dr. Vincent Lyon-Callo
Dr. Sharon Carlson
archaeology, asylum, control, autonomy, Michigan
Masters Thesis-Open Access
This project is designed to look into mechanisms of control and patient autonomy in institutional confinement, using Colony Farm in Kalamazoo, Michigan as a case study. I have chosen to specifically examine landscape, architecture, foodways, and personal goods/dress as avenues in which to parse out information regarding control and autonomy. The main themes throughout this paper are work as a cure, patient labor, and the blurring of roles between patients, staff members, and paid hired workers. These themes are intertwined with landscape, architecture, foodways, and personal goods/dress and highlight the contradictions inherent in institutional confinement, especially in the context of Colony Farm. These themes are also important in trying to understand not only daily life, but how mechanisms of control and autonomy played out in this more informal institutional environment.
Thornton, Alison, "Archaeological Investigations of Control and Autonomy at the Colony Farm of the Michigan State Asylum, 1880-1950" (2012). Masters Theses. 17.