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Idealists, Pragmatists and ‘Simple-Minded’ Scamps: The Tasmanian Mental Deficiency Board and State ‘Care’ in the 1920s

Evans, C 2017 , 'Idealists, Pragmatists and ‘Simple-Minded’ Scamps: The Tasmanian Mental Deficiency Board and State ‘Care’ in the 1920s' , Australian Historical Studies, vol. 48, no. 2 , pp. 264-279 , doi: 10.1080/1031461X.2017.1279195.

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Abstract

This article uses case files to trace the negotiations that took place in the early 1920s betweenofficials at the Tasmanian Children of the State Department and the Mental DeficiencyBoard about the training and employment as farm labourers of sixteen boys in state carewho were diagnosed as ‘feeble-minded’. It explores the ways in which the boys attempted toimprove their work conditions through negotiation and protest, finding that theDepartment supported them against the Board over the need for fair treatment and wages.Australian studies of children’s protest while in state care have concentrated on girls and donot address intellectual disability or the agency of officials. This investigation addresses thathistoriographical gap.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Evans, C
Keywords: negotiating, idealists, pragmatists, Tasmania, Mental Deficiency Board
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Historical Studies
Publisher: Univ Melbourne
ISSN: 1031-461X
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/1031461X.2017.1279195
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Copyright 2017 Taylor & Francis

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