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People with intellectual disabilitiesTowards a good life?$
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Kelley Johnson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420695

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420695.001.0001

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A good life and people with intellectual disabilities

A good life and people with intellectual disabilities

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People with intellectual disabilities

Kelley Johnson

Jan Walmsley

Marie Wolfe

Policy Press

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

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