The Sterilization of Leilani Muir

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The Sterilization of Leilani Muir The term sociological imagination was coined by the American sociologist C. Wright Mills in 1959 to describe the type of insight offered by the discipline of sociology. Sociological Imagination is the application of imaginative thought to the asking and answering of sociological questions. Someone using the sociological imagination "thinks himself away" from the familiar routines of daily life. CW Mills’ describe sociological imagination with three components these are Biography, History and Social Structure. Leilani Muir was born in 1944. She was the first person to file a successful law suit against the Alberta government for wrongful sterilization under the Sexual Sterilization Act of Alberta. She was sexually sterilized in 1959. Muir was born into a poor family that frequently moved. She was an unwanted, unloved, and abused child. Her mother looked for ways to remove her from the family. Then, in 1953, her mother sent an application for Muir to be institutionalised at the Provincial Training School for Mental Defectives in Red Deer, Alberta. Emily Murphy magistrate of British Empire was very strongly in support of sterilization. Muir’s sterilization is part of a progression towards forced sterilization and eugenics that began in the 19th century. By order of the Alberta Eugenics Board, Muir and about 2,800 children and adults were sterilized between the passing of the Sexual Sterilization Act in 1928 and its repeal in 1972. Muir made her move against government in sake of everybody. She fought to change the sociological view of government toward retarded people and she was succeeded. She changed the society and made the government realise their fault. Muir was given compensation for her loss. Since Muir’s case, the Alberta government has apologized for the forced sterilization of over 2,800 people. (McCrea, G. &
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