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Cultural Locations of Disability

Sharon L. Snyder and David T. Mitchell


This book traces how disabled people came to be viewed as biologically deviant. The eugenics era pioneered techniques that managed “defectives” through the application of therapies, invasive case histories, and acute surveillance techniques, turning disabled persons into subjects for a readily available research pool. In its pursuit of normalization, eugenics implemented disability regulations that included charity systems, marriage laws, sterilization, institutionalization, and even extermination. Enacted in enclosed disability locations, these practices ultimately resulted in expectations of ... More

Keywords: disability, biological deviance, eugenics, segregation, perfection, social obedience, disability regulations, public participation, human variation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780226767314
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226767307.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sharon L. Snyder, author

David T. Mitchell, author