The organism metaphor
The moron as a diseased entity
in Framing the moron
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This chapter focuses on the role of the organism metaphor in supporting an aversive image of persons diagnosed with feeble-mindedness. Through this metaphor the state is conceived of as a functioning organism, and target groups are perceived as invasive and contaminating agents that threaten its integrity. This view of the outsider lends itself to some form of community or racial “cleansing.”

Framing the moron

The social construction of feeble-mindedness in the American eugenic era

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