chapter  4
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Rhetoric and Place in the ‘Mental Deficiency’ Asylum

For the last century and a half, whatever has passed for public policy in the realm of intellectual impairment has been preoccupied with questions of social and spatial positioning. Where do people with intellectual impairments fit into society? Where should they live? Should they work, and if so, where? Is it worthwhile educating them, and if so where and how? Should they be allowed to have children? Are they capable of exercising proper control over their own lives, and if so, in what kinds of environment?