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ERIC Number: EJ820429
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-0968-7599
Problems Associated with Choice and Quality of Life for an Individual with Intellectual Disability: A Personal Assistant's Reflexive Ethnography
Schelly, David
Disability & Society, v23 n7 p719-732 Dec 2008
A gap exists between research and practice within the field of intellectual disability. In particular, researchers suggest that personal choice enhances quality of life. Following Bourdieu's suggestion to focus on improving the practice of theory rather than the theory of practice, this paper is a reflexive ethnography detailing my struggles to provide choice to an individual who, it turned out, cannot think in the ways necessary to make choices that would improve his subjective quality of life. A narrative is included with the hope of revealing social processes outside and within the field of intellectual disability and to provoke discussion regarding problems with choice and quality of life in the field.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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