Those They Called Idiots: The Idea of the Disabled Mind from 1700 to the Present Day

AHP readers may be interested in a just-released book, Those They Called Idiots: The Idea of the Disabled Mind from 1700 to the Present Day by Simon Jarrett. The book is described as follows,

Those They Called Idiots traces the little-known lives of people with learning disabilities from the communities of eighteenth-century England to the nineteenth-century asylum and care in today’s society. Using evidence from civil and criminal court-rooms, joke books, slang dictionaries, novels, art and caricature, it explores the explosive intermingling of ideas about intelligence and race, while bringing into sharp focus the lives of people often seen as the most marginalized in society.



Part One: Idiocy and Imbecility in the Eighteenth Century, c. 1700–1812
1 Poor Foolish Lads and Weak Easy Girls: Legal Ideas of Idiocy
2 Billy-noodles and Bird-wits: Cultural Ideas of Idiocy
3 Idiots Abroad: Racial Ideas of Idiocy

Part Two: New Ways of Thinking, 1812–1870
4 Medical Challenge: New Ideas in the Courtroom
5 Pity and Loathing: New Cultural Thinking
6 Colonies, Anthropologists and Asylums: Race and Intelligence
7 Into the Idiot Asylum: The Great Incarceration

Part Three: From Eugenics to Care in the Community, 1870 to the Present Day
8 After Darwin: Mental Deficiency, Eugenics and Psychology, 1870–1939
9 Back to the Community? 1939 to the Present

About Jacy Young

Jacy Young is a professor at Quest University Canada. A critical feminist psychologist and historian of psychology, she is committed to critical pedagogy and public engagement with feminist psychology and the history of the discipline.