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ERIC Number: ED035133
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Pages: 287
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Mental Retardation; Its Social Context and Social Consequences.
Farber, Bernard
Concerned with mental retardation as a social product, the following topics are discussed: mental retardation as a social phenomenon, the concept of the retarded as surplus population, labeling and incompetence in relation to life chances, mental retardation as deviance and as incompetence, and findings on the prevalence of retardation in the United States and Europe. Variations in the prevalence of retardation according to age, sex differences, community differences, heredity and environment, differential fertility, and differential death rates are considered as are public and private cultures and the private and public self. Regarding treatment in contemporary society, 19th century views, current social movements, and ideas of local parent groups are explored. Attention is given to families of the severe and educable mentally retarded; revision of age and sex roles and of community relationships; the history and role of institutions in relation to the family and social organization; educational programs, occupations, and social mobility; and the social context and consequences of mental retardation. (JM)
Houghton Mifflin Company, 110 Tremont Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02107 ($5.75)
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