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Ethics of CareCritical advances in international perspective$
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Tula Brannelly, Lizzie Ward, and Nicki Ward

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447316510

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447316510.001.0001

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People with intellectual disabilities (visually) reimagine care

People with intellectual disabilities (visually) reimagine care

Chapter:
(p.179) Fourteen People with intellectual disabilities (visually) reimagine care
Source:
Ethics of Care
Author(s):

Ann Fudge Schormans

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447316510.003.0014

The practice of care–who is cared for, how, and by whom, typically reflects societal values and the (de)valuation of particular groups of people. For many disabled persons, care is an oppressive concept, associated with abuse, institutionalization, disempowerment, and loss of citizenship. Diverging scholarship on and against care reveals significant epistemic tensions among disability scholars and those engaged with a political ethic of care. This chapter shares some of the work done by a group of adults with intellectual disabilities (ID) with public photographic representations of ID and care, in an inclusive research project. Their engagement and critique of one particular image demonstrates the complexity, pervasiveness, and primacy of care to people with ID. The representation and practice of care are visually re-imagined in ways that disrupt taken-for-granted ideas about ID and the giving and receiving of care, and frame care as both a private matter and a public concern.

Keywords:   intellectual disability, photographic representation, political ethic of care, inclusive research

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