In topics ranging from industrial accident prevention before and during Stalin’s industrialization drive to the long and complex history of the Soviet science called defectology, the essays in this collection chronicle the responses of the state and society to a variety of disabled groups and disabilities. Also included, in addition to the editors, are Julie Brown, Vera Dunham, David Joravsky, Janet Knox and Alex Kozulin, Stephen and Ethel Dunn, Bernice Madison, Paul Raymond, and Mark Field.
This unusual and provocative collection brings to light a dimension of Soviet history and policy rarely explored.
The world of the disabled in any society is something most of us know far too little about. . . . All the more reason to welcome this scholarly introduction to the problem of the disabled in Russia and the Soviet Union. . . .[I]ts thoughtful contributions illustrate how important a study of the perceptions and treatment of the disabled can be in assessing the culture of a whole society.