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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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(p.332) Epilogue
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This epilogue looks at the continuing elusiveness of a definition for ‘idiocy’. It argues that the idea of idiocy is changeable — its borders move and its meanings shift according to where and when one is standing while observing the phenomenon. These changes are often most evident in the cultural representations of idiocy, which do not presume objectivity or spin a narrative of medical progress, but instead use the idea of idiocy as a tool to perform certain acts, to convey certain kinds of information.

Keywords:   idiots, idiocy, definition, cultural representations

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