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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 Micro-Politics of Mental Deficiency

The Micro-Politics of Mental Deficiency

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The Problem of Mental Deficiency

Mathew Thomson

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses issues relevant to the micropolitics of the mental deficiency problem in Great Britain during the 1930s. It examines the extent and nature of any control imposed on mental defectives and their families and analyses the way that control was implemented through a process of negotiation between providers and recipients. It shows that social policy cannot be understood through the intentions of central government alone and it is necessary to take into account the ways in which policy was modified in the process of implementation at the ground level.

Keywords:   mental deficiency, recipients, micropolitics, providers, social policy

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