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Framing the Moron

The Social Construction of Feeble-Mindedness in the American Eugenic Era

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). Les mer
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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, now available in paperback, 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 the term 'moron' was developed to describe the primary targets of eugenic control. This book demonstrates how the image of moronity in the United States was shaped by eugenicists.

This book will be of interest not only to disability and eugenics scholars and historians, but to anyone who wants to explore the means by which pejorative metaphors are used to support social control efforts against vulnerable community groups. -- .

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Innholdsfortegnelse

Introduction
1. Metaphors and the dehumanisation of marginalised 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 metaphor: 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 -- .

Om forfatteren

Gerald V. O'Brien is a Professor of Social Work at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville -- .