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Porter, R. (1990). The Formation of a Persecuting Society, by R.I. Moore, Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1987, 168 pages, hb £27.50. Free Associations, 1U(20):213-214.

(1990). Free Associations, 1U(20):213-214

The Formation of a Persecuting Society, by R.I. Moore, Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1987, 168 pages, hb £27.50

Review by:
Roy Porter

In his Madness and Civilization, Michel Foucault effectively blew the whistle on the Enlightenment. The ‘Age of Reason’, far from being the dawn of toleration, liberalism and liberty, was in fact the epoch which inaugurated the ‘great confinement’ of the poor, the insane, the delinquent and the deviant — of anyone who could be accused of ‘unreason’. ‘Unreason’ was sequestrated in the old leper hospitals, empty because of the waning of that terrible disease.

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