A Sociology of Institutionalisation of the ‘Mentally ill’ in Ireland. This dissertation proposes that the trajectory of the institutionalisation of ‘mentally ill’ persons in Ireland can be understood as a multi-layered social process resulting from an interconnectivity of various social forces and human actions, rather than any biological or psychological phenomenon that is situated within the mental state of those institutionalised. A national public asylum system was established during the early nineteenth century, which developed into a significant physical and social feature of Irish communities. This system entailed the building of a network of asylum buildings, the establishing of an administrative bureaucracy and the development of institutional policy and routine, all of which were controlled centrally through the colonial administrative centre at Dublin Castle. These asylum buildings were added to and expanded throughout the mid to late nineteenth century an...