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Questions of Competence

Questions of Competence
Culture, Classification and Intellectual Disability

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Richard Jenkins, Michael V. Angrosino, Patrick J. Devlieger, Tim Booth, Wendy Booth, Charlotte Aull Davies, Sylvia van Maastricht, Susan Reynolds Whyte, Mark Nuttall, Nancy Lundgren
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  • Date Published: February 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521626620

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  • This collection argues for a new conceptualization of intellectual disability that stresses its cultural variability and social construction, and deemphasizes its medicalized, physiological nature. It is aimed at disability specialists in social anthropology, sociology, social policy, and psychology, and at the broader health/medical anthropology audience. It is novel and radical in its treatment of intellectual disability not purely as an inherent property of individuals, but also as a social phenomenon.

    • The first book of its kind to offer cross-cultural detailed case studies of intellectual disability
    • Presents a novel theoretical model of the social construction of intellectual disability
    • Contextualises intellectual disability within broader social and cultural frameworks
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    • Date Published: February 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521626620
    • length: 262 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Culture, classification and (in)competence Richard Jenkins
    2. Mental disability in the United States: an interactionist perspective Michael V. Angrosino
    3. (In)competence in America in comparative perspective Patrick J. Devlieger
    4. Risk, resilience and competence: parents with learning difficulties and their children Tim Booth and Wendy Booth
    5. Constructing other selves: (in)competence and the category of learning difficulties Charlotte Aull Davies
    6. Work, opportunity and culture: (in)competence in Greece and Wales Sylvia van Maastricht
    7. Slow cookers and madmen: competence of heart and head in rural Uganda Susan Reynolds Whyte
    8. States and categories: indigenous models of personhood in northwest Greenland Mark Nuttall
    9. Learning to become (in)competent: children in Belize speak out Nancy Lundgren
    10. Towards a social model of (in)competence Richard Jenkins.

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    Richard Jenkins, University of Sheffield


    Richard Jenkins, Michael V. Angrosino, Patrick J. Devlieger, Tim Booth, Wendy Booth, Charlotte Aull Davies, Sylvia van Maastricht, Susan Reynolds Whyte, Mark Nuttall, Nancy Lundgren

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