What Escapes Persuasion: Why Intellectual Disability Troubles 'Dependence' in Liberal Societies.
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McKearney, P. (2021). What Escapes Persuasion: Why Intellectual Disability Troubles 'Dependence' in Liberal Societies.. Medical anthropology, 40 (2), 155-168. https://doi.org/10.1080/01459740.2020.1805741
What expectations about the mind do people with intellectual disabilities depart from? A dominant argument maintains that their mental dependence troubles liberal relations premised upon a myth of autonomy. By analyzing the centrality of persuasion in a home for adults with intellectual disabilities in the UK, I ask instead about the psychological assumptions made by relationships of care. Persuasion aims to cultivate, not their independence from care but rather, a recognition of their dependence upon it. Persuasive care's repeated failure suggests an alternative answer to the question: people with intellectual disabilities are too independent-minded for this form of dependence.
Humans, Persuasive Communication, Personal Autonomy, Politics, Adult, Group Homes, Home Care Services, Female, Intellectual Disability, Anthropology, Medical, United Kingdom, Functional Status
This research was funded by a generous scholarship from Trinity College, Cambridge and support from the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge.
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External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/01459740.2020.1805741
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