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Eugenics, Genetics, and Disability in Historical and Contemporary Perspective

Implications for the Social Work Profession

Gerald O'Brien

Eugenics, Genetics, and Disability in Historical and Contemporary Perspective

Eugenics, Genetics, and Disability in Historical and Contemporary Perspective

Implications for the Social Work Profession

Eugenics, Genetics, and Disability in Historical and Contemporary Perspective

 

In the U.S. the eugenic alarm grew in the first three decades of the twentieth century leading to sterilization, institutionalization and other laws to restrict procreation, especially among persons with certain disabilities.


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Beschrijving Eugenics, Genetics, and Disability in Historical and Contemporary Perspective

Eugenics, Genetics, and Disability in Historical and Contemporary Perspective focuses on the conceptual relationship between the American eugenic movement of the early 1900s and contemporary genetic research, policy and practices, and their relevance for social work and related professions. While the expansion of pre-natal testing and other genetic innovations are often couched as a form of "new eugenics," this description is only partially correct. This
book provides the first in-depth exploration of the relationship between the emerging social work profession and the eugenic movement during the first quarter of the twentieth century and considers the historical importance of this for the profession today.

Social workers played a particularly important role in the movement of eugenic policies from targeting persons with disabilities to limiting procreation among "welfare" recipients, especially minority women. As the profession attempts to come to terms with this problematic history, it also needs to understand the dual "faces" it displays to persons with disabilities. Often purported as supporters of such persons, social workers' continued embracement of the medical model of disabilities keeps
them from being accepted by many as true allies in the fight for social justice related to disability inclusion.


ISBN
9780197611234
Pagina's
184
Verschijnt
NUR
754
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP USA

Politicologie