Procrustean bed


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Procrustean bed

A situation or place that someone is forced into, often violently. In Greek mythology, the giant Procrustes would capture people and then stretch or cut off their limbs to make them fit into his bed. This new law creates a Procrustean bed designed to get those people deemed undesirable by the local government to move out of the neighborhood.
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a Procrustean bed

something designed to produce conformity by unnatural or violent means.
In Greek mythology, Procrustes was a robber who tied his victims to a bed, either stretching or cutting off their legs in order to to make them fit it.
1998 Spectator Intellectuals often employ their intellects for foolish purposes, forcing facts onto a Procrustean bed of theory.
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Unlike the answer to the Uraon riddle, her book comes with open hands, linking a wealth of references and ideas without trying to reduce them to a Procrustean bed of argument.
If Possible Scotlands errs on the side of selectivity and over-emphasis, it is because it has a good case, and there is plenty of room to make up in countering those critics who have--and this is amply demonstrated--trimmed Scott on a Procrustean bed to suit a predetermined agenda.
The organizational principle, and indeed, the main agenda of Cantrell's book, is the rehabilitation of the Celtic-Southern thesis; as one might expect, it has a way of becoming the procrustean bed to which Cantrell returns with a kind of doomed, compulsive insistence.
Kircher is nonetheless too careful a reader to trap his humanist writers in a Procrustean bed of resistance to clerical teaching.
At times, to be sure, Honold pursues his thesis a bit too single-mindedly, as in his almost routine identification of Holderlin's many 'Feste' with French revolutionary celebrations, and his Procrustean bed causes him to ignore aspects of poems taken as a whole, especially the longer elegies and hymns.
Every conservative position from cutting taxes to cutting down old-growth forests is stuffed willy-nilly into his Procrustean bed, and too often the results are transparently strained and implausible.
Bobes Naves shows how, while censoring the play as such is largely eschewed, Fernandez de Moratin's commentary systematically attempts, through censuring it, to neoclassicise the unruly Shakespearean text, "recommending" the excision of scenes and lines which do not fit the Procrustean bed of Aristotelianism.
There's not a question to be had in the Epistle lesson (2 Cor 6:1-13), and, in keeping with the caution at the beginning of last Sunday's Helps, we should not construct a Procrustean bed to force this lesson into a single theme with the other two.
This structure emphasizes one of the great strengths of Byerman's thesis: although his approach turns on the recognition of a common interest in history, his methodology does not become a Procrustean bed in terms of form and content.
Years spent on the Procrustean bed of Eurocentric education inevitably spawn sterile hybrid cultures whose indigenous memories and traditions have been obliterated or so denigrated as to no longer serve as trustworthy guides to life.
Widdis' book is a survey of meticulously collected facts, and credit should be given to the author for not having succumbed to the temptation to bend the results of her research so as to make them fit into the Procrustean bed of some fashionable theory.
The image of the Procrustean bed can be applied to two aspects of mentored learning in the library.
Another familiar dichotomy is between "lumpers," who always try to find a Procrustean bed into which to squeeze or stretch recalcitrant phenomena, and "splitters," who enjoy dissolving any generalization into particular instances.
For example, he finds many differences in the development of the three countries examined that cannot be laid out in a brief review; they are by no means fitted to a procrustean bed.
dissertation at the Institute of Criminology, Cambridge University, Perspectives on Female Sex Offending--A Culture of Denial has been edited to fit the procrustean bed of a series of books published under the aegis of the University of Wales, Swansea, School of Social Sciences and International Development.