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dc.contributor.authorMcKearney, Patrick
dc.date.accessioned2018-10-10T05:18:30Z
dc.date.available2018-10-10T05:18:30Z
dc.date.issued2018-01-01
dc.identifier.issn0305-7674
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/283413
dc.description.abstractHow valuable can people with mental disabilities be to others? In this article I present ethnographic material on L’Arche, a Christian charity that provides care. I describe how carers there are trained to see cognitive disability as producing not simply an absence of rational agency, but also the presence of a quite different way of actively inhabiting the world. I argue that, by learning to recognize and value this unusual kind of agency, carers in L’Arche subvert the terms of a recent philosophical debate about the worth of people with cognitive disabilities. They demonstrate that people can value others not just as rational moral subjects, or simply as passive objects of care, but also as charismatic and intuitive agents who actively depart from standard norms of personhood.
dc.publisherBerghahn Books
dc.titleReceiving the Gift of Cognitive Disability
dc.typeArticle
prism.issueIdentifier1
prism.publicationDate2018
prism.publicationNameThe Cambridge Journal of Anthropology
prism.volume36
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.30781
dcterms.dateAccepted2017-11-15
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.3167/cja.2018.360104
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttp://www.rioxx.net/licenses/all-rights-reserved
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2018-01-01
dc.contributor.orcidMcKearney, Patrick [0000-0001-8988-0101]
dc.identifier.eissn2047-7716
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Review
cam.issuedOnline2018-01-01
rioxxterms.freetoread.startdate2019-01-01


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