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The Problem of Mental Deficiency – Eugenics, Democracy, and Social Policy in Britain,
                        c.1870-1959 - Oxford Scholarship Online
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The Problem of Mental Deficiency: Eugenics, Democracy, and Social Policy in Britain, c.1870-1959

Mathew Thomson


This book is the first detailed assessment of the development and implementation of social policy to deal with the problem of the ‘mentally deficient’ in Britain between 1870 and 1959. It analyses all the factors involved in the policy-making process, beginning with the politics of the legislature and showing how the demands of central government were interpreted by local authorities, resulting in a wide and varied distribution of medical, institutional, and community care in different parts of the ... More

Keywords: social policy, mental deficiency, Britain, United States, Germany, segregation, sterilization, eugenics, community care, democracy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780198206927
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206927.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mathew Thomson, author
History Lecturer
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