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1. Burris, Kevin Timothy. Mental Welfare: Voluntary Mental Health and Learning Disability Organizations in Britain, c. 1946-1959.

Degree: PhD, History, 2020, York University

This dissertation traces the trajectories of four British voluntary organizations working in the fields of mental health and learning disability in the late 1940s and 1950s: the National Association for Mental Health; the Mental After Care Association; the Ex-Services Welfare Society; and the National Association for Parents of Backward Children. As the British welfare state was established in these years, voluntary organizations were forced to adjust to a new political landscape, carrying on operations despite increased state responsibility for mental health and learning disability care. First, the dissertation is an institutional history of four distinct organizations, concerned with operations, administration, leadership, and publicity, among a host of other day-to-day affairs. Second, it examines varying responses among voluntarists to the establishment and permeation of the welfare state in British life, asking how these organizations maintained their vitality (and importantly, their sources of support and funding) within a landscape of expanding statutory service provision. That they did survive, and thrive, into the present suggests that the interventionist, cradle-to-grave welfare state was not as all-encompassing as originally envisionedat least in the field of mental health care. Rather than challenge increasing statutory dominance, their persistence confirmed and reinforced several elements of the nascent welfare state. Though voluntarist leaders tended toward political conservatism, and often criticized specific policy directives or statutory services, their organizations generally bolstered three major welfare goals: the regulation of disorder, the maintenance of non-working populations, and the reproduction of labour. Advisors/Committee Members: Brooke, Stephen J. (advisor).

Subjects/Keywords: European history; History; British history; Mental health; Mental illness; Learning disability; Intellectual disability; Learning difficulty; Welfare state; Welfare; Voluntarism; Voluntary associations; Voluntary groups; Voluntary organizations; Volunteers; Britain; Post-war; 1940s; 1950s; National Association for Mental Health; Ex-Services Welfare Society; Mental After Care Association; National Association for Parents of Backward Children; National Association for Mentally Handicapped Children

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APA (6th Edition):

Burris, K. T. (2020). Mental Welfare: Voluntary Mental Health and Learning Disability Organizations in Britain, c. 1946-1959. (Doctoral Dissertation). York University. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10315/37780

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Burris, Kevin Timothy. “Mental Welfare: Voluntary Mental Health and Learning Disability Organizations in Britain, c. 1946-1959.” 2020. Doctoral Dissertation, York University. Accessed September 20, 2020. http://hdl.handle.net/10315/37780.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Burris, Kevin Timothy. “Mental Welfare: Voluntary Mental Health and Learning Disability Organizations in Britain, c. 1946-1959.” 2020. Web. 20 Sep 2020.

Vancouver:

Burris KT. Mental Welfare: Voluntary Mental Health and Learning Disability Organizations in Britain, c. 1946-1959. [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. York University; 2020. [cited 2020 Sep 20]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10315/37780.

Council of Science Editors:

Burris KT. Mental Welfare: Voluntary Mental Health and Learning Disability Organizations in Britain, c. 1946-1959. [Doctoral Dissertation]. York University; 2020. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10315/37780

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