Faculty Book: David Goode
David Goode, Darryl Hill, Jean Reiss, and William Bronston
A History and Sociology of Willowbrook State School
(American Association on Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, 2013)
The Willowbrook State School in Staten Island, which for years housed people with intellectual disabilities in appalling conditions, is an important part of the history of disabilities in the United States. This book describes in great detail what life was like for the people who lived and worked at Willowbrook and how and why the institution evolved as it did. The book also delves into a general history of disabilities and institutions and increasingly concentrates on the “medicalization” of disability, which was the impetus for the creation of large-scale institutions. The early history of institutions in New York State, New York City, and Staten Island is presented as a backdrop to the particulars of Willowbrook itself. David Goode (Prof., Staten Island) serves on the doctoral faculty in sociology and urban education.
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Submitted on: DEC 11, 2013