The animal metaphor
The moron as an atavistic subhuman
in Framing the moron
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This chapter highlights the animal metaphor, through which undesired community sub-groups are subject to pejorative comparisons with animals. Another important aspect of the animal metaphor, especially within the context of the eugenics movement, was the development of a hierarchy of the human race, though which “feeble-minded” persons were perceived as sub-human entitite.

Framing the moron

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

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