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IdiocyA Cultural History$
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Patrick McDonagh

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781846310959

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846315367

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Introduction: idiocy, culture and human relations

Introduction: idiocy, culture and human relations

(p.1) Chapter 1 Introduction: idiocy, culture and human relations
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This introductory chapter discusses the concept of ‘idiocy’. It suggests that idiocy is as much a socially and ideologically meaningful concept as it is a way of saying something about other people, and the study of idiocy is the study of a particular form of exile, through which some humans are removed in order to enable the remainder to believe in their own unalloyed intelligence. The chapter also covers critical historical analyses of idiocy and related concepts; the terms used in the literature of idiocy; and the cultural history of idiocy. This is followed by an overview of the subsequent chapters.

Keywords:   idiocy, exile, intelligence, historical analysis, literature, cultural history

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