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

By Claudia Malacrida

Utilizing infrequent interviews with former inmates and employees, institutional documentation, and governmental data, Claudia Malacrida illuminates the darkish historical past of the therapy of “mentally faulty” young ones and adults in twentieth-century Alberta. targeting the Michener Centre in crimson Deer, one of many final such amenities working in Canada,A specific Hell is a sobering account of the relationship among institutionalization and eugenics.

Malacrida explains how separating the Michener Centre's citizens from their groups served as a kind of passive eugenics that complemented the lively eugenics software of the Alberta Eugenics Board. rather than receiving an schooling, inmates labored for very little pay – occasionally in houses and companies in crimson Deer – below the guise of vocational rehabilitation. The luck of this version led to large institutional progress, power crowding, and bad residing stipulations that integrated either regimen and remarkable abuse.

Combining the robust testimony of survivors with a close research of the institutional impulses at paintings on the Michener Centre,A distinctive Hell is key studying for these attracted to the hectic previous and troubling way forward for the institutional therapy of individuals with disabilities.

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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.

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. University of Toronto Press.

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. University of Toronto Press. All rights reserved. Malacrida, Claudia.

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