The Resource Abandoned to their fate : social policy and practice toward severely retarded people in America, 1820-1920, Philip M. Ferguson

Abandoned to their fate : social policy and practice toward severely retarded people in America, 1820-1920, Philip M. Ferguson

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Abandoned to their fate : social policy and practice toward severely retarded people in America, 1820-1920
Title
Abandoned to their fate
Title remainder
social policy and practice toward severely retarded people in America, 1820-1920
Statement of responsibility
Philip M. Ferguson
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Covering a 100-year period in the history of the social policy and practice toward people with severe mental retardation, Abandoned to Their Fate looks at the lives of people once labeled "idiots," "hopeless," or "unteachable." Ferguson examines the problem of what he terms "chronicity," the definition of some of the disabled population as beyond successful treatment or training that would make them suitable for reentry into daily life. He argues that the construction of this hopeless population was necessary in order to demonstrate the success of new approaches to treatment
  • The government, physicians, and families faced the quandary of what to do with people categorized as "feebleminded." Those who failed to respond to education or treatment were institutionalized, kept isolated except for contact with others like themselves, and simply left to a fate of neglect and exclusion. This book centers on a typical facility in New York. The Rome State Custodial Asylum for Unteachable Idiots (later the Rome Developmental Center) adopted a system of "custodialism" that is representative of the pattern of care provided by most American institutions in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Many of the treatments lauded in the supposed "golden age" of progressive reform are challenged by Ferguson as popular myths
  • Even with the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the federal policy of deinstitutionalization, Ferguson contends that the lives of many disabled people, particularly those with severe or multiple disabilities, have not significantly improved. Concluding that for most people in the United States reform has yet to arrive, he draws clear connections between the policy and reform initiatives of the past and those of the present
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Ferguson, Philip M
Index
index present
LC call number
HV3006.A4
LC item number
F39 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Rome State Custodial Asylum for Unteachable Idiots (N.Y.)
  • Rome State Custodial Asylum (N.Y.)
  • People with mental disabilities
  • People with mental disabilities
  • Almshouses
  • Asylums
  • Almshouses
  • Asylums
  • People with mental disabilities
  • People with mental disabilities
  • Geistige Behinderung
  • Stationäre Behindertenhilfe
  • Heimunterbringung
  • United States
  • USA
Label
Abandoned to their fate : social policy and practice toward severely retarded people in America, 1820-1920, Philip M. Ferguson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 187-206) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Ch. 1. Abandonment and Chronicity -- Ch. 2. The Legacy of the Almshouse -- Ch. 3. The Rise of the Idiot Asylums, 1850-1890 -- Ch. 4. Policy and Productivity in Rome's Early Years -- Ch. 5. Institutional Innovation and the Uses of Failure -- Ch. 6. Profiles of Chronicity -- Ch. 7. The History of Severe Retardation and the Future of Chronicity -- Appendix: Admission Forms to the Rome and Syracuse Asylums
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xx, 212 pages
Isbn
9781566391542
Lccn
93021887
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)28336945
  • (OCoLC)ocm28336945
Label
Abandoned to their fate : social policy and practice toward severely retarded people in America, 1820-1920, Philip M. Ferguson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 187-206) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Ch. 1. Abandonment and Chronicity -- Ch. 2. The Legacy of the Almshouse -- Ch. 3. The Rise of the Idiot Asylums, 1850-1890 -- Ch. 4. Policy and Productivity in Rome's Early Years -- Ch. 5. Institutional Innovation and the Uses of Failure -- Ch. 6. Profiles of Chronicity -- Ch. 7. The History of Severe Retardation and the Future of Chronicity -- Appendix: Admission Forms to the Rome and Syracuse Asylums
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xx, 212 pages
Isbn
9781566391542
Lccn
93021887
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)28336945
  • (OCoLC)ocm28336945

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