ERIC Number: EJ798012
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
Utility, Economic Rationalism and the Circumscription of Agency
Dirita, P. A.; Parmenter, T. R.; Stancliffe, R. J.
Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, v52 n7 p618-625 Jul 2008
Background: Great strides have been achieved over the past few decades in service provision for people with intellectual disability (ID). However, there has also been a growth in the use of economic rationalism and a related rise in managerialism in forming service provision outcomes. Method: An account of the focus on process and means of provision directed within the managerialist agenda to determine how individual authority has become subsumed within patterns of dependence. Results: An underlying influence of utilitarianism has led to a focus on servicing the average through service provision trajectories which in turn have weakened the pace for social change and perpetuated a vulnerable conception of people with ID. Conclusions: There has been a qualification of the idealised intent of providing individualised support, choice and recognition of the moral worth of people with ID into relative features of equality. There remains an overriding static conception of the person with ID within funding frameworks and service provision which relies on economic and rationalist depictions of the individual.
Descriptors: Mental Retardation, Human Services, Economics, Administration, Social Change, Attitudes toward Disabilities
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