1st Edition

Institutional Violence and Disability Punishing Conditions

By Kate Rossiter, Jen Rinaldi Copyright 2019
    124 Pages
    by Routledge

    124 Pages
    by Routledge

    "This was several times with that damn cribbage board. I hate cribbage boards to this very day. They never beat us on the arms or legs or stuff, it was always on the bottom of the feet, I couldn't figure it out." Brian L., Huronia Regional Centre Survivor

    Over the past two decades, the public has borne witness to ongoing revelations of shocking, intense, and even sadistic forms of violence in spaces meant to provide care. This has been particularly true in institutions designed to care for people with disabilities. In this work, the authors not only describe institutional violence, but work to make sense of how and why institutional violence within care settings is both so pervasive and so profound.

    Drawing on a wide range of primary data, including oral histories of institutional survivors and staff, ethnographic observation, legal proceedings and archival data, this book asks: What does institutional violence look like in practice and how might it be usefully categorized? How have extreme forms violence and neglect come to be the cultural norm across institutions? What organizational strategies in institutions foster the abdication of personal morality and therefore violence? How is institutional care the crucial "first step" in creating a culture that accepts violence as the norm?

    This highly interdisciplinary work develops scholarly analysis of the history and importance of institutional violence and, as such, is of particular interest to scholars whose work engages with issues of disability, health care law and policy, violence, incarceration, organizational behaviour, and critical theory.

    Acknowledgements; Chapter 1: Introduction; Chapter 2: The Institutional Cases & the Conditions for Moral Abdication; Chapter 3: The Institutional Violence Continuum; Chapter 4: Thoughtlessness & Violence as Work Culture; Chapter 5: Quantifying & Re-Inscribing Violence; Chapter 6: Embedded Trauma & Embodied Resistance; Chapter 7: Conclusion; Bibliography



    Kate Rossiter is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Brantford campus, and is the Principal of "Recounting Huronia: An Arts-Based Participatory Research Project." Kate’s background combines the critical social scientific study of public health and embodiment with theatre and performance studies. Kate lives in Brantford, Ontario with her partner and two children.

    Jen Rinaldi is an Assistant Professor in the Legal Studies Program at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Her research takes up how non-normative—particularly cripped, Mad, fat, and queer—bodies are read, marked, and produced in and through socio-legal discourse. She explores these themes using collaborative and narrative-based methodologies and community arts praxis. Jen lives in Toronto, Ontario.