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Noun1.feeblemindedness - severe mental deficiency
mental defectiveness, abnormality - retardation sufficient to fall outside the normal range of intelligence
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Of particular interest in historical texts was the framing of the immigrant body as a site of intellectual and mental infirmity, the identification of the problem of lunacy, idiocy, and feeblemindedness as distinctly racial problems.
There, drawing from the agricultural model of breeding the strongest and most desirable members of a species while preventing the less desirable from reproducing, Laughlin and his colleagues compiled records, or "pedigrees," for thousands of families, detailing what they believed to be inheritable family characteristics --criminality, alcoholism, illegitimacy, indolence, and feeblemindedness.
She delves into the murky science of heredity that shifted under the weight of religion and failed to prove that disability and feeblemindedness were indeed threatening, subhuman categories.
The influence of eugenics on social welfare reports on evacuation was often seen in suggestions that the relationship between poverty, poor health, and lack of cleanliness was caused by the irresponsibility and feeblemindedness of the poor.
Well into the twentieth century, eugenicist thinking subjected African Americans to vague definitions of feeblemindedness as the rationalization for policing their bodies.
private secretary and close associate, instructing that the moral and political behavior of a person be considered in making a diagnosis of feeblemindedness.
Some states additionally passed legislation restricting the ability of people with feeblemindedness and other disabilities to marry, and many early supporters of birth control also touted this as a method of eugenic control (Sanger, 1922).
Titles included "Sterilization and Criminal Heredity," (104) "Eugenics and the Criminal Law," (105) and "Eugenics and Feeblemindedness.
In Oklahoma, the measure signed by governor "Alfalfa Bill" Murray in 1931 sought to sterilize all persons housed in facilities supported by public funds, including asylums and prisons, who were "afflicted with hereditary forms of insanity" as well as "idiocy, imbecility, feeblemindedness, or epilepsy.
Theories of market economics would assume such behavior to be indicative of feeblemindedness or irrationality, but the ubiquitousness of volunteerism requires inquiry into the philosophical, sociological, and psychological bases for decisions to undertake demanding work for free.
military's intelligence testing and screening for feeblemindedness as readily as Gandal.
that the legal requirements for feeblemindedness desperately needed to