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Mental Retardation in America: A Historical Reader

Mental Retardation in America: A Historical Reader

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The expressions idiot, you idiot, you're an idiot, don't be an idiot, and the like are generally interpreted as momentary insults. But, they are also expressions that represent an old, if unstable, history. Beginning with an examination of the early nineteenth century labeling of mental retardation as idiocy, to what we call developmental, intellectual, or learning disabilities, Mental Retardation in America chronicles the history of mental retardation, its treatment and labeling, and its representations and ramifications within the changing economic, social, and political context of America.
Mental Retardation in America includes essays with a wide range of authors who approach the problems of retardation from many differing points of view. This work is divided into five sections, each following in chronological order the major changes in the treatment of people classified as retarded. Exploring historical issues, as well as current public policy concerns, Mental Retardation in America covers topics ranging from representations of the mentally disabled as social burdens and social menaces; Freudian inspired ideas of adjustment and adaptation; the relationship between community care and institutional treatment; historical events, such as the Buck v. Bell decision, which upheld the opinion on eugenic sterilization; the evolution of the disability rights movement; and the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990.



Author: Steven Noll
Publisher: New York University Press
Published: 02/01/2004
Pages: 513
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 1.52lbs
Size: 8.82h x 5.96w x 0.93d
ISBN: 9780814782484

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal 02/15/2004 pg. 148

About the Author
Noll, Steven: - Steven Noll is Visiting Associate Professor of History at the University of Florida. He is also an adaptive technology teacher for students with special needs in the Gainesville, Florida public schools. He is the author of Feeble-Minded in our Midst: Institutions for the Mentally Retarded in the South.Trent, James: - James W. Trent is Professor and Director of the Master of Social Work Program at Southern Illinois University, and the author of the award-winning Inventing the Feeble Mind: A History of Mental Retardation in the United States.

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