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Historia de la discapacidad e historia de las emociones: reflexiones sobre Gran Bretaña en el siglo XVIII

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Asclepio, Volume: 68, Issue: 2, Start page: 146

Swansea University Author: David Turner Orcid Logo

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This article examines ways in which insights from the history of emotions can shed light on disability in the past, via a case study of Britain in the eighteenth century. Theories of the 'passions', 'sentiments' and 'affections' were used to describe the causes of impai...

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Published in: Asclepio
ISSN: 0210-4466 1988-3102
Published: 2016
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa31451
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Abstract: This article examines ways in which insights from the history of emotions can shed light on disability in the past, via a case study of Britain in the eighteenth century. Theories of the 'passions', 'sentiments' and 'affections' were used to describe the causes of impairment and to prescribe appropriate responses. Although disability was frequently represented as a condition that caused misery or aroused the pity of others, a close reading of a variety of sources from medical texts to newspapers and periodicals reveals that the degree of 'unhappiness' associated with disability depended on timing, context and the symbolic significance of certain impairments.
Keywords: disability, emotion, pity, sympathy, happiness
College: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Issue: 2
Start Page: 146