Disability and the Victorians

Attitudes, interventions, legacies

Edited by Iain Hutchison, Martin Atherton and Jaipreet Virdi

Disability and the Victorians


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Book Information

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-4570-3
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Published Date: April 2020
  • BIC Category: SOCIAL SCIENCE / People with Disabilities, MEDICAL / History, HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain / Victorian Era (1837-1901), Medicine / History of medicine, C 1800 To C 1900, Society & social sciences / Disability: social aspects, Humanities / Social & cultural history, Modern History, History, History of Medicine, Social & cultural history
  • Series: Disability History


Disability and the Victorians brings together in one collection a range of topics, perspectives and experiences from the Victorian era that present a unique overview of the development and impact of attitudes and interventions towards those with impairments during this time. The collection also considers how the legacies of these actions can be seen to have continued throughout the twentieth century right up to the present day. Subjects addressed include deafness, blindness, language delay, substance dependency, imperialism and the representation of disabled characters in popular fiction. These varied topics illustrate how common themes can be found in how Victorian philanthropists and administrators responded to those under their care. Often character, morality and the chance to be restored to productivity and usefulness overrode medical need and this both influenced and reflected wider societal views of impairment and inability.

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