The object metaphor
The moron as a poorly functioning human
in Framing the moron
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This chapter explores the various ways by which “feeble-minded” persons and other targets of eugenic control were objectified through the use of pejorative language and invidious comparisons. Such persons were viewed against the backdrop of a simplistic stereotype, and institutional control in many ways fostered this view through uniformity and regimentation. Especially important was the objectification of women, which in many ways paralleled their eugenic objectification in Nazi Germany.

Framing the moron

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

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