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Author O'Brien, Gerald, 1958-

Title Framing the moron : the social construction of feeble-mindedness in the American eugenic era / Gerald V. O'Brien
Published Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press, 2013


Description 1 online resource (x, 203 pages)
Series Disability history
Disability history.
Contents Metaphors and the dehumanization of marginalized groups -- The organism metaphor : the moron as a diseased entity -- The animal metaphor : the moron as an atavistic subhuman -- The war and natural catastrophe metaphors : the moron as an enemy force -- The religious and altruistic metaphors : the moron as an immoral sinner and an object of protection -- The object metaphor : the moron as a poorly functioning human -- Conclusion
Summary Framing the moron details the variety of dehumanizing and fear-inducing rhetoric employed by the American eugenic movement during the early twentieth century, which led to tens of thousands of innocent people being involuntarily sterilized, forced into institutions, and otherwise maltreated
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
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Subject Eugenics -- Social aspects -- United States
Eugenics -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Involuntary sterilization -- United States -- History
Social control.
Eugenics -- history
Institutionalization -- history
Persons with Mental Disabilities -- history
Social Control, Formal
Sterilization, Involuntary -- history
History Of Medicine.
MEDICAL -- History.
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- Infrastructure.
Social control
Eugenics -- Social aspects
Involuntary sterilization
United States
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1781705895