From Idiocy to Mental Deficiency: Historical Perspectives on People with Learning Disabilities

From Idiocy to Mental Deficiency: Historical Perspectives on People with Learning Disabilities

by Anne Digby
     
 

ISBN-10: 041511215X

ISBN-13: 9780415112154

Pub. Date: 11/28/1996

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

From Idiocy to Mental Deficiency is the first book devoted to the social history of people with learning disabilities in Britain. Approaches to learning disabilities have changed dramatically in recent years. The implementation of 'Care in the Community', the campaign for disabled rights and the debate over the education of children with special needs have…  See more details below

Overview

From Idiocy to Mental Deficiency is the first book devoted to the social history of people with learning disabilities in Britain. Approaches to learning disabilities have changed dramatically in recent years. The implementation of 'Care in the Community', the campaign for disabled rights and the debate over the education of children with special needs have combined to make this one of the most controversial areas in social policy today.
The nine original research essays collected here cover the social history of learning disability from the Middle Ages through the establishment of the National Health Service. They will not only contribute to a neglected field of social and medical history but also illuminate and inform current debates.
The information presented here will have a profound impact on how professionals in mental health, psychiatric nursing, social work and disabled rights understand learning disability and society's responses to it over the course of history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415112154
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/28/1996
Series:
Routledge Studies in the Social History of Medicine Series
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
1660L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Notes on the contributors
1Contexts and perspectives1
2Mental handicap in medieval and early modern England: Criteria, measurement and care22
3Idiocy, the family and the community in early modern northern England44
4Identifying and providing for the mentally disabled in early modern London65
5The psychopolitics of learning and disability in seventeenth-century thought93
6'Childlike in his innocence': Lay attitudes to 'idiots' and 'imbeciles' in Victorian England118
7The changing dynamic of institutional care: The Western Counties Idiot Asylum, 1864-1914134
8Institutional provision for the feeble-minded in Edwardian England: Sandlebridge and the scientific morality of permanent care161
9Girls, deficiency and delinquency184
10Family, community, and state: The micro-politics of mental deficiency207
Index231

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