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A good life and people with intellectual disabilities

Kelley Johnson, Jan Walmsley and Marie Wolfe

in People with intellectual disabilities

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9781847420695
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302940 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847420695.003.0004
A good life and people with intellectual disabilities

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This chapter looks at the implications of how a good life has been represented in Western societies for those with intellectual disabilities. It explores the ways in which people's views of a good life seem to exclude some groups of people from the possibility of living one. The chapter investigates the way in which some groups are identified within society as outside the parameters of achieving ‘the good life’. It concludes that efforts to make ‘good lives’ through policy and practice are actually limited by the ways the very concept of a good life has been conceived in societies and by the ways people who have intellectual disability are seen by others.

Keywords: representation; good life; Western societies; intellectual disability

Chapter.  4819 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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