Historical Perspectives on ‘antisocial personality disorder’ and ‘moral insanity’.
Historical Perspectives on ‘anti-social personality disorder’ and ‘moral insanity’
This conference aims to explore the history of the highly contested diagnosis of ‘antisocial Personality disorder’. This label has been used to describe individuals who have major problems with their lives and relationships with others. At their most extreme these difficulties can involve criminal offending, violence and other perverse and harmful behaviours. It is possible to trace histories of similar diagnoses (such as ‘moral insanity’, ‘feebleminded’ and ‘psychopathy’) over 200 hundred years. Despite descriptive similarities there have also been very marked differences in the way that the diagnoses have been conceived and treated.
The conference features speakers from Europe and North America. The key note is by Professor Nicole Rafter who has written extensively on the history of criminological research.
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