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Deinstitutionalising Women

Deinstitutionalising Women
An Ethnographic Study of Institutional Closure

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  • Date Published: January 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521625692

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  • This book explores the lives of women living in a locked ward within a large institution for people with intellectual disabilities. Kelley Johnson describes, in rich and carefully-observed detail, the lives of the women in the institution largely through their own stories and experiences. The closure of this institution gave her a unique opportunity to examine closely the impact of deinstitutionalisation on these women. The book raises a number of broad questions about our understanding of disability. It considers the role of professional views of intellectual disability in shaping perceptions. It also looks at the process of deinstitutionalisation, with its paradoxical discourse of rights and management. Finally the book's feminist analysis brings insight to the ways in which institutionalised women are not only locked out of society, but out of their lives as women as well.

    • Unique 'insider' view
    • Few other studies about women and disability
    • Few other closely-observed studies of the process and ramifications of deinstitutionalisation
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    '… absorbing and confronting … a rare and valuable means for persons not working within the institutional environment to gain some understanding of what happens within such places … a vivd and remarkably honest account … a remarkable and valuable work.' Ian Freckelton, Psychiatry, Psychology and Law

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521625692
    • length: 232 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.32kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Entry points
    Part I. Inside the Institution:
    2. Life in the unit
    3. The paths to unit N
    4. Locked out/locked in
    Part II. Coming Out:
    5. The unlocked door
    6. Stepping forward
    7. Coming out
    8. Deinstitutionalisation: managing subjectivity
    Part III. Outside:
    9. Escaping stories.

  • Author

    Kelley Johnson, La Trobe University, Victoria

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