ERIC Number: EJ883468
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
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Absconding from Hospitals: A Means of Resistance?
O'Driscoll, David; Walmlsey, Jan
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, v38 n2 p97-102 Jun 2010
The history of long stay hospitals for people with learning disabilities has revealed that residents had ways of resisting their incarceration (Mitchell D, Traustadottir R, Chapman R, Townson L, Ingham N and Ledger S (editors) (2006) "Exploring experiences of advocacy by people with learning disabilities: testimonies of resistance"). This paper explores one aspect of this resistance, "absconding", as unauthorised leave from hospital was termed. It draws on institutional records and oral histories, from two hospitals in South-East England. It seeks to show why and how residents escaped, how institutions responded and how absconding was presented publicly.
Descriptors: Mental Retardation, Hospitals, Learning Disabilities, Foreign Countries, Residential Care, Oral History, Resistance (Psychology)
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)