Att leva som lytt : Handikappades levnadsvillkor i 1800-talets Linköping
Sammanfattning: This book is about handicapped people who lived in the small city of Linköping, 200 kilometres south of Stockholm, during the 19th century. A number of handicapped people were followed as a group and as individuals to a certain extent. In order to understand how it might have been to live as a handicapped person, or "cripple' in the parlance of the times, several examples are also given of how 19th century society regarded the cripple.Most never lived inside the walls of an institution, bur were rather incorporated into society. In general, they lived with relatives or with their employers. Some had their own households or shared a household with other poor people. Many cripples had jobs, even though in some cases their disabilities were extensive. Few families with a crippled child received public assistance. Even as adults, the majority of the crippled had to manage without help. However, the living conditions of the crippled were different in certain respects from those of other Linköping residents. Most of them were unmarried and childless. Crippled men were rejected during conscription inspections.There were also a number of areas in which the crippled were noticed and differentiated from other groups. A number of different pictures emerge, depending upon context and observer. The public, the church, local authorities, doctors, educators and the state had at times the same and at times different motives. The crippled were paid attention to in connection with conscription, parish catechetical meetings, education, marriage, public assistance, and health care. In parallel with the differentiation, greater took place in the 19th century, which varied in the same way, dependent upon purpose and agents.
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