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dc.identifier.citation Malacrida, C. (2012). Bodily practices as vehicles for dehumanization in an institution for mental defectives. Societies, 2, 286-301. doi:10.3390/soc2040286 en_US
dc.description Open access en_US
dc.description.abstract This article analyzes the processes of dehumanization that occurred in the Michener Center, a total institution for the purported care and training of people deemed to be mental defectives1 that operated in Alberta, Canada. I report on qualitative interviews with 22 survivors, three ex-workers, and the institutional archival record, drawing out the ways that dehumanization was accomplished through bodily means and the construction of embodied otherness along several axes. First, inmates’ bodies were erased or debased as unruly matter out of place that disturbed the order of rational modernity, a move that meant inmates were not seen as deserving or even requiring of normal human consideration. Spatial practices within the institution included panopticism and isolation, constructing inmates as not only docile but as unworthy of contact and interaction. Dehumanization was also seen as necessary to and facilitative of patient care; to produce inmates as subhuman permitted efficiency, but also neglect and abuse. Finally, practices of hygiene and sequestering the polluting bodies of those deemed mentally defective sustained and justified dehumanization. These practices had profound effects for inmates and also for those charged with caring for them. en_US
dc.language.iso en_CA en_US
dc.publisher M D P I A G en_US
dc.subject Dehumanization en_US
dc.subject Total institutions en_US
dc.subject Foucault en_US
dc.subject Panopticon en_US
dc.subject Matter out of place en_US
dc.subject Docile bodies en_US
dc.subject Institutional abuse en_US
dc.subject Eugenics en_US
dc.subject Michener Center en_US
dc.title Bodily practices as vehicles for dehumanization in an institution for mental defectives en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Science en_US
dc.publisher.department Department of Sociology en_US
dc.description.peer-review Yes en_US
dc.publisher.institution University of Lethbridge en_US

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