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Framing the moronThe social construction of feeble-mindedness in the American eugenic era$
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Gerald V. O'Brien

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780719087097

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719087097.001.0001

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The War and Natural Catastrophe Metaphors: The Moron as an Enemy Force

The War and Natural Catastrophe Metaphors: The Moron as an Enemy Force

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(p.82) 4 The War and Natural Catastrophe Metaphors: The Moron as an Enemy Force
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Framing the moron
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Gerald V. O’Brien

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719087097.003.0005

This chapter describes the importance of the war and natural catastrophe metaphors within eugenic writing. Through use of the former, the groups is put forth as acting in opposition to the community, and taking action against them is thus a measure of self-defence. The latter theme utilizes natural catastrophe analogies to describe the potential harm group members pose to society.

Keywords:   War Metaphor, Natural Catastrophe Metaphor, Feeble-minded as Enemy Force

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