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Framing the moron : the social construction of feeble-mindedness in the American eugenic era

Author: Gerald V O'Brien
Publisher: Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2013.
Series: Disability history.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This title 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.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gerald V O'Brien
ISBN: 9780719087097 0719087090
OCLC Number: 825047296
Description: x, 203 pages ; 23 cm.
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.
Series Title: Disability history.
Responsibility: Gerald V. O'Brien.

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