A Special Hell: Institutional Life in Alberta's Eugenic by Claudia Malacrida

By Claudia Malacrida

Using infrequent interviews with former inmates and employees, institutional documentation, and governmental files, Claudia Malacrida illuminates the darkish historical past of the remedy of “mentally faulty” youngsters and adults in twentieth-century Alberta. targeting the Michener Centre in purple Deer, one of many final such amenities working in Canada, A distinctive Hell is a sobering account of the relationship among institutionalization and eugenics.

Malacrida explains how setting apart the Michener Centre’s citizens from their groups served as a kind of passive eugenics that complemented the energetic eugenics application of the Alberta Eugenics Board. rather than receiving an schooling, inmates labored for very little pay – occasionally in houses and companies in pink Deer – lower than the guise of vocational rehabilitation. The good fortune of this version ended in large institutional development, continual crowding, and bad residing stipulations that incorporated either regimen and remarkable abuse.

Combining the strong testimony of survivors with a close research of the institutional impulses at paintings on the Michener Centre, A specific Hell is key analyzing for these drawn to the worrying earlier and troubling way forward for the institutional therapy of individuals with disabilities.

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Toronto, ON, CAN: University of Toronto Press, 2015. ProQuest ebrary. Web. 25 June 2015. Copyright © 2015. University of Toronto Press. All rights reserved. Malacrida, Claudia. A Special Hell: Institutional Life in Alberta's Eugenic Years. Toronto, ON, CAN: University of Toronto Press, 2015. ProQuest ebrary. Web. 25 June 2015. Copyright © 2015. University of Toronto Press. All rights reserved. Malacrida, Claudia. A Special Hell: Institutional Life in Alberta's Eugenic Years. Toronto, ON, CAN: University of Toronto Press, 2015.

25 June 2015. Copyright © 2015. University of Toronto Press. All rights reserved. Malacrida, Claudia. A Special Hell: Institutional Life in Alberta's Eugenic Years. Toronto, ON, CAN: University of Toronto Press, 2015. ProQuest ebrary. Web. 25 June 2015. Copyright © 2015. University of Toronto Press. All rights reserved. Malacrida, Claudia. A Special Hell: Institutional Life in Alberta's Eugenic Years. Toronto, ON, CAN: University of Toronto Press, 2015. ProQuest ebrary. Web. 25 June 2015. Copyright © 2015.

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