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a·sy·lum

(ă-sī'lŭm),
Older term for an institution for the housing and care of those who by reason of age or of mental or bodily infirmities are unable to care for themselves.
[L. fr. G. asylon, a sanctuary, fr. a- priv. + sylē, right of seizure]

asylum

Global village
Protection given by a state (country) to a foreign person fleeing persecution in his or her own country. Asylum is given under the 1951 United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees; to be recognised as a refugee, one must have left his or country and be unable to go back because he or she has a well-founded fear of persecution.

Medical history
An obsolete term for a healthcare facility for patients who are unable to care for themselves; e.g., institution. The choice of appropriate equivalent term for asylum is based on the nature of the underlying condition: for example, if the condition is mental, it may be designated as a psychiatric inpatient facility; if the institutionalisation is for a terminal physical condition (e.g., AIDS or cancer) it is termed hospice.

a·sy·lum

(ă-sī'lŭm)
Facility dedicated for the relief of care of the destitute or sick, especially those with mental illness.
[L. fr. G. asylon, a sanctuary, fr. a- priv. + sylē, right of seizure]

asylum

A once compassionate but now pejorative term for a psychiatric hospital or an institution for the care of the elderly and infirm.
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However, despite these arguments, there are a number of factors Rudd and his government have left out of their asylum equations.
Similarly, while the dramatic increase in asylum boat arrivals is certainly a cause for concern, it is a far cry from being considered a 'national emergency.
The potential of Finnegan's subtitle, A Study of Magdalen Asylums in Ireland is never fully realized, for two main reasons.
A second problem is that Finnegan places the Good Shepherd Sisters at the center of the magdalen movement in Ireland, and she insists that the Good Shepherd asylums were representative of the magdalen system as a whole.
The hurdles facing these asylum seekers are truly daunting.
Rendering a nuanced portrait of asylum residents "at work and recreation together" (81), Cohen depicts marginal women as neither heroic nor helpless, but rather as sometimes simple, sometimes savvy individuals whose dreams, abilities, and fates differed as much as did the women themselves.
These institutions, therefore, "were only one dimension in a lifelong endeavour to care for the dependent and the disabled, even during the apex of asylum provision.
As most patients belonged to the latter group, asylums operated as last resorts for soldiers and poor whites who did not respond to social discrimination or military discipline.
Instead, what really hooks Goldberg is the idea of using this kind of asylum evidence to get the goods on "capitalism" and the efforts of the "bourgeoisie" to have psychiatrists (as the agents of capitalism) pull the lower orders into line by pathologizing their behavior, "The emergence of the asylum worked to turn the depressed, disturbed, lazy, superstitious, and sexually deviant into medical cases that were diagnosed accordingly.
While the asylum was not created to control African Americans, (they were not admitted there until the end of the nineteenth century), conditions were consistently worse for them than for whites once they became patients, according to the author.
A century later insanity had become "exclusively defined as an illness", mad doctors had assumed sole jurisdiction over "treatment," and the mad had acquired an identity of their own and were "incarcerated in a specialized, bureaucratically organized, state-supported asylum system which isolated them both physically and symbolically from the larger society.
Beginning in the early nineteenth century and prevailing for another century and a half, the publicly-supported asylum provided care and treatment for the mentally ill.