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Broken: Institutions, Families, and the Construction of Intellectual Disability, by Madeline C. Burghardt

Broken: Institutions, Families, and the Construction of Intellectual Disability, by Madeline C.... Broken: Institutions, Families, and the Construction of Intellectual Disability By Madeline C. Burghardt (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2018) (264 pages; $110.00 hardcover; $32.33 paper; $29.95 e-textbook) In Broken, Madeline C. Burghardt brings a Critical Disability Studies perspec- tive to the history of institutions for the so-called “feebleminded.” Focused on the decades following the Second World War, the book is a rich microstudy that illuminates what institutionalization meant to residents, families, staff, and advocates while demonstrating the capitalist foundations of sites of segre- gation. At the center of the analysis is the “Ontario Hospital School, Orillia,” which was the target of a class action lawsuit filed by former residents the year after the institution’s 2009 closure. The suit prompted a financial settle- ment and formal apology from the Ontario government acknowledging the systematic abuse thousands had endured while living there. Researched in the aftermath of the closure, and based on oral history interviews with a variety of people whose lives were shaped by the Orillia asylum, the book itself has an important role to play in undoing the secrecy and silencing that have sur- rounded institutions for those labeled intellectually disabled. In its privileging of the voices of survivors, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nursing History Review Springer Publishing

Broken: Institutions, Families, and the Construction of Intellectual Disability, by Madeline C. Burghardt

Nursing History Review , Volume 29 (1): 3 – Dec 24, 2020

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Springer Publishing
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© 2020 Springer Publishing Company
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1062-8061
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1938-1913
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10.1891/1062-8061.29.239
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Broken: Institutions, Families, and the Construction of Intellectual Disability By Madeline C. Burghardt (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2018) (264 pages; $110.00 hardcover; $32.33 paper; $29.95 e-textbook) In Broken, Madeline C. Burghardt brings a Critical Disability Studies perspec- tive to the history of institutions for the so-called “feebleminded.” Focused on the decades following the Second World War, the book is a rich microstudy that illuminates what institutionalization meant to residents, families, staff, and advocates while demonstrating the capitalist foundations of sites of segre- gation. At the center of the analysis is the “Ontario Hospital School, Orillia,” which was the target of a class action lawsuit filed by former residents the year after the institution’s 2009 closure. The suit prompted a financial settle- ment and formal apology from the Ontario government acknowledging the systematic abuse thousands had endured while living there. Researched in the aftermath of the closure, and based on oral history interviews with a variety of people whose lives were shaped by the Orillia asylum, the book itself has an important role to play in undoing the secrecy and silencing that have sur- rounded institutions for those labeled intellectually disabled. In its privileging of the voices of survivors,

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Nursing History ReviewSpringer Publishing

Published: Dec 24, 2020

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