Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard1
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
Undesireable Citizens: Education, Care and Control of the "Feeble-minded" in the Swedish Province of Malmöhus, 1900–1950
University of Borås, School of Education and Behavioural Science.
2010 (English)In: NERA Congress, Malmö University (Sweden), School of Education , 2010., NERA Congress, Malmö University (Sweden), School of Education , 2010Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper contains the main results of a recently completed historical research project about the situation of persons categorized as “feeble-minded” in Sweden. In this study, the case of Malmöhus province constitutes the micro-historical core. Here, educational and care institutions such as schools, asylums and working homes were particularly established in the first half of the 20th century. The motives behind these foundations will be discussed and the working routines in those institutions will be analysed in terms of teaching and after-care of the inmates and their exclusion justified by social constructs such as “uneducable” or “moral imbecile”. This paper aims at demonstrating how feeble-mindedness was perceived as a social problem, and how close the efforts of education and care were connected to eugenic ideology and control. Thereby, the history of the feeble-minded will be interpreted as a striking example of the contradictions of modernity. The coincidence of social inclusion and exclusion was a characteristic of the situation of an undesirable group of citizens in the Swedish society under the era of modernization. This outcome is of high relevance for understanding the early historical development of the Nordic welfare state.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
NERA Congress, Malmö University (Sweden), School of Education , 2010.
Keyword [en]
special education, history, sweden, special education
National Category
Pedagogy Other Social Sciences
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-6371Local ID: 2320/6590OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-6371DiVA, id: diva2:887058
Conference
NERA Congress
Available from: 2015-12-22 Created: 2015-12-22 Last updated: 2016-11-20Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text in DiVA

Authority records BETA

Barow, Thomas

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Barow, Thomas
By organisation
School of Education and Behavioural Science
PedagogyOther Social Sciences

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar

urn-nbn

Altmetric score

urn-nbn
Total: 281 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard1
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf