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The Capacity ContractIntellectual Disability and the Question of Citizenship$
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Stacy Clifford Simplican

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816693979

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816693979.001.0001

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Manufacturing Anxiety

Manufacturing Anxiety

The Medicalization of Mental Defect

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(p.47) Chapter 2 Manufacturing Anxiety
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The Capacity Contract
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Stacy Clifford Simplican

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816693979.003.0003

Chapter two explores the history of intellectual disability in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, showing how medical professionals manufactured anxieties around disability to garner public support. Professionals did so, in part, by coupling democratic prosperity to the eradication of disability, a connection that persists in contemporary politics and philosophy.

Keywords:   Social contract, Feminist disability studies, Arendt, Rawls, Locke, Disability Rights, Democracy

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