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by James M. Smith

ISBN: 026804127X
ISBN13: 978-0268041274
Language: English
Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press; 1 edition (September 28, 2007)
Pages: 312
Category: World
Subategory: History

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Written with clarity and power, Smith’s prose is compelling.

Written with clarity and power, Smith’s prose is compelling. I couldn’t put it down and devoured all 188 pages (the length of the book not including the footnotes) in little more than a single day. Smith provides a solid history of the laundries but also describes their place in what he calls Ireland’s architecture of containment

The Magdalen laundries were workhouses in which many Irish women and girls were effectively imprisoned because .

The Magdalen laundries were workhouses in which many Irish women and girls were effectively imprisoned because they were perceived to be a threat to the moral fiber of society. First, it connects what history we have of the Magdalen laundries to Ireland's architecture of containment that made undesirable segments of the female population such as illegitimate children, single mothers, and sexually promiscuous women literally invisible.

Architecture of. Containment. University of Notre Dame Press Notre Dame, Indiana. University of Notre Dame Press. Remembering Ireland’s Architecture of Containment: Telling Stories on Stage, Patricia Burke Brogan’s Eclipsed and Stained Glass at Samhain. CHAPTER 4. (Ef)facing Ireland’s Magdalen Survivors: Visual Representations and Documentary Testimony.

This is a dark and deeply emotional subject about which James M. Smith manages to be fair-minded and calm in his judgments. It is an essential book for anyone interested in the fear and cruelty surrounding women's sexuality in the Ireland of the recent past. This is a book about amnesia, acknowledgment and atonement. It weaves history, politics, and art together in one of the most compelling and best-written studies I’ve read in recent years.

The Magdalen laundries were workhouses in which many Irish women and . Addressed to academic and general readers alike, James M. Smith challenges the nation-church, state, and society-to acknowledge its complicity in Ireland's Magdalen scandal and to offer redress for victims and survivors alike.

London: Bantam Books, 1999. Dublin: New Island Books. O’Neill Stacks HV9148. A5 R33 2001) Smith, James M. The Politics of Sexual Knowledge: The Origins of Ireland’s Containment Culture and ‘The Carrigan Report’ (1931)

London: Bantam Books, 1999. Media Representations Les Blanchisseuses De Magdalen. Une Film du Nicolas Glimois et Christophe Weber. Produced by Arnaud Hanelin. France 3/Sunset Preste. The Politics of Sexual Knowledge: The Origins of Ireland’s Containment Culture and ‘The Carrigan Report’ (1931). The Journal of the History of Sexuality 13, 2 (April 2004): 208–33 -. The Magdalene Sisters: Evidence, Testimon. ction? Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 3. (Winter 2007):431-58.

The University of Notre Dame Press.

The Magdalen laundries were workhouses in which many Irish women and girls were effectively imprisoned because they were perceived to be a threat to the moral fiber of society. Mandated by the Irish state beginning in the eighteenth century, they were operated by various orders of the Catholic Church until the last laundry closed in 1996. A few years earlier, in 1993, an order of nuns in Dublin sold part of their Magdalen convent to a real estate developer. The remains of 155 inmates, buried in unmarked graves on the property, were exhumed, cremated, and buried elsewhere in a mass grave. This triggered a public scandal in Ireland and since then the Magdalen laundries have become an important issue in Irish culture, especially with the 2002 release of the film The Magdalene Sisters.

Focusing on the ten Catholic Magdalen laundries operating between 1922 and 1996, Ireland's Magdalen Laundries and the Nation's Architecture of Containment offers the first history of women entering these institutions in the twentieth century. Because the religious orders have not opened their archival records, Smith argues that Ireland's Magdalen institutions continue to exist in the public mind primarily at the level of story (cultural representation and survivor testimony) rather than history (archival history and documentation).

Addressed to academic and general readers alike, James M. Smith's book accomplishes three primary objectives. First, it connects what history we have of the Magdalen laundries to Ireland's “architecture of containment” that made undesirable segments of the female population such as illegitimate children, single mothers, and sexually promiscuous women literally invisible. Second, it critically evaluates cultural representations in drama and visual art of the laundries that have, over the past fifteen years, brought them significant attention in Irish culture. Finally, Smith challenges the nation―church, state, and society―to acknowledge its complicity in Ireland's Magdalen scandal and to offer redress for victims and survivors alike.

Comments:
Truthcliff
For a paperback, this is very expensive, even for a used copy. Plus, shipping and handling is added to the price. It sounds like a well written informative book, and I would consider ordering it, if it were half the cost.
Ireland's Magdalen Laundries and the Nation's Architecture of Containment

Drelajurus
Professor Smith's insightful work was the culmination of years of careful research. It shows in the precise and highly detailed statistics provided, the respectful tone of the book (toward both survivors and the religious who ran the Laundries) and it can truly be considered an unbiased, worthy treatise on a dark chapter in Ireland's history.

I can't imagine why the notorious misogynist Bill Donohue would even attempt a review of a book he's clearly not read (nor do I doubt he's read any more than the introduction to the Interdepartmental Committee's 1000+ page report, a.k.a. 'The McAleese report'), other than to once again get his name in the press. It's a shame, because had he taken the time to read Prof. Smith's book, he might've actually learned something about the Magdalene Laundries - institutions he's never set foot in (which Prof. Smith has) yet claims some level of expertise.

I urge anyone who wishes an inside look at why and how the Laundries existed to read this book.

Mojar
reads like a text book

Doulkree
James M. Smith has written a first-rate account of the Magdalen Laundries and their place within the larger context of Ireland’s history. Written with clarity and power, Smith’s prose is compelling. I couldn’t put it down and devoured all 188 pages (the length of the book not including the footnotes) in little more than a single day.

Smith provides a solid history of the laundries but also describes their place in what he calls Ireland’s “architecture of containment”. He shows how they fit into the overarching system of church-state collusion that also birthed the horrors of the Industrial Schools. He points out that the Irish state as well as Irish society at large is complicit in the tragedy. He also shines a light upon the double-standard in which thousands of Irish women were sentenced to lives of incarceration and slave labor for perceived sexual deviancy while the men involved customarily escaped all punishment. Finally, he analyzes a variety of modern artworks about the Magdalen Laundries (plays, a film, and two art exhibits) and what they say about the modern perceptions of the tragedy. Along the way, Smith pulls no punches. He describes the horrors of the institution as well as the cultural assumptions which allowed it.

An absolute must-read for anyone interested in the topic as well as anyone interested in Modern Irish History.

Mitynarit
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The book has two divergent elements: a review of the representation of the Magdalen Laundries in contemporary Irish arts, which the author reports as having been a chapter in his dissertation; and an attempt to offer historical and sociological context to the institutions, apparently in an attempt to create a stand-alone book. The author is clear in his introduction that he is neither a historian nor a sociologist, but attempts to overcome this lack with an abundance of footnotes. Unfortunately his superficial grasp of the pre-1922 social structure and dynamic produce simplistic understandings of the post-1931 context of the Laundries. His academic advisor Maria Luddy has published her own updated book: Prostitution and Irish Society 1800-1940 (2007) which could be used to refine some of Smith's thinking and commentary. The subject matter deserves better.

Ginaun
This book would be excellent for a college course. It does show how the legal system was in league with the church in stripping women of their rights. What is so sad is this was going on so late in the 20th century.

If you saw the movie "The Magdalen Sisters" this book will add a bit of new information. A bit dry and hard to read, it still stands as a stunning indictment of the cruel and inhuman treatment of the poor girls who were forced to suffer at the hands of sanctimonious "moralists" and the collusion of church and government who perpetuated this crime for so many years.

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