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Intellectual disability: A conceptual history, 1200-1900

Patrick McDonagh, C. F. Goodey, and Tim Stainton


This collection explores how concepts of intellectual or learning disability evolved from a range of influences, gradually developing from earlier and decidedly distinct concepts, including ‘idiocy’ and ‘folly’, which were themselves generated by very specific social and intellectual environments. With essays extending across legal, educational, literary, religious, philosophical, and psychiatric histories, this collection maintains a rigorous distinction between historical and contemporary concepts in demonstrating how intellectual disability and related notions were products of the prevailin ... More

Keywords: Intellectual disability history, Idiocy, Folly, Conceptual history, Learning disability history, History of ideas, European history, Literary history, British history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781526125316
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526125316.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patrick McDonagh, editor
faculty member in the Department of English at Concordia University, Montreal and co-founder of the Spectrum Society for Community Living in Vancouver

C. F. Goodey, editor
Honorary Fellow in the Centre for Medical Humanities at the University of Leicester

Tim Stainton, editor
Professor in the School of Social Work and Director of the Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver

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