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The Problem of Mental DeficiencyEugenics, Democracy, and Social Policy in Britain,
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Mathew Thomson

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198206927

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206927.001.0001

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The Community Care Solution

The Community Care Solution

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The Problem of Mental Deficiency

Mathew Thomson

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses how the shortcomings in the administrative and institutional provisions of the 1913 Mental Deficiency Act in Great Britain were partly overcome through the utilization of the voluntary sector to provide care in the community. It explores the contribution of the voluntary sector in policy formulation and examines the roles of professionalization and gender in welfare provision. This chapter also reveals the existence of community care in interwar Britain, well before the period in which its origins have normally been located.

Keywords:   community care, voluntary sector, Mental Deficiency Act, welfare provision, gender

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