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ERIC Number: EJ874362
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0964-2633
Who's the Expert? Rethinking Authority in the Face of Intellectual Disability
Carlson, L.
Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, v54 ns1 p58-65 Mar 2010
This article poses the question, "Who is the expert?" in relation to people with intellectual disabilities. It begins with an exploration of what it means to assert "moral authority" in relation to people with IDs, and makes the argument that "experts" who draw moral boundaries, define conceptions of the "good" and quality of life for people must consider how to occupy this position responsibly. It then considers a second form of authority--"epistemic authority"--and explores the moral responsibility that accompanies the practice of putting forth knowledge claims about ID. This involves acknowledging three potential problems: distancing, oppression and dehumanization. The article concludes with questions that point towards greater interdisciplinary dialogue regarding authority, responsibility and the role of the expert. (Contains 10 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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