The Origin and Nature of our Institutional Models

The Origin and Nature of our Institutional Models

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SKU : 978-0937540039
Brand : Wolf Wolfensberger

Wolf Wolfensberger (1975)

This book, approximately 90 pages (9 x 11), is one of the most incisive histories of the institution scene in the United States from the 1840s to ca. 1970. (However, it is also relevant beyond the US.) The major emphasis is on the era of social Darwinism, which was at its peak from 1875-1925, and which interpreted mentally retarded people as the dregs of society.

The book explains how ideas about impaired people found expression in institutional design and practices, and the unconscious continuation of many of them in contemporary services, both those that are institutional in nature and those that have succeeded institutions. It contains many illustrations, as well as unique detailed tables of mental deficiency institution costs for the years 1878-1967.