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Author O'Brien, Gerald V

Title Framing the moron : the social construction of feeble-mindedness in the American eugenic era
Published Oxford : Manchester University Press, 2015


Description 1 online resource (214 pages)
Series Disability History MUP
Disability History MUP
Contents Cover; Framing the moron; Contents; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1 Metaphors and the dehumanization of marginalized groups; 2 The organism metaphor: the moron as a diseased entity; 3 The animal metaphor: the moron as an atavistic subhuman; 4 The war and natural catastrophe metaphors: the moron as an enemy force; 5 The religious and altruistic metaphors: the moron as an immoral sinner and an object of protection ; 6 The object metaphor: the moron as a poorly functioning human; 7 Conclusion; Bibliography; Index
Summary Many people are shocked upon discovering that tens of thousands of innocent persons in the United States were involuntarily sterilized, forced into institutions, and otherwise maltreated within the course of the eugenic movement (1900-30). Such social control efforts are easier to understand when we consider the variety of dehumanizing and fear-inducing rhetoric propagandists invoke to frame their potential victims. This book details the major rhetorical themes employed within the context of eugenic propaganda, drawing largely on original sources of the period. Early in the twentieth century t
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes In English
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Subject Eugenics in mass media.
Eugenics -- Social aspects -- United States
Eugenics -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Involuntary sterilization -- United States -- History
Propaganda, American.
Metaphor -- Social aspects -- United States
Eugenics in mass media.
Eugenics -- Social aspects.
Involuntary sterilization.
Metaphor -- Social aspects.
Propaganda, American.
United States.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Anderson, Julie
Schalick, Walton
ISBN 9781526103420