Keeping it in the family

Sonali Shah and Mark Priestley

in Disability and social change

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9781847427878
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302070 | DOI:
Keeping it in the family

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This chapter examines how public policies and institutions, notably hospitals and schools, have impacted on children's opportunities to develop and sustain family life and relationships. It illustrates the importance attached to family and to informal support networks in the biographical accounts, serving as sources of agency and resistance against the disabling influence of public policies. The chapter discusses experiences of family life, using examples from the three generations to illustrate how social trends and public policies have affected choices and opportunities for young disabled people to develop and sustain kinship relationships. The discussion identifies a broad distinction between two competing life trajectories – inclusion in the private life of the family and exclusion from family life in public institutions.

Keywords: family life; hospital; social trends; disabled people; kinship relationships; public institutions

Chapter.  8516 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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