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Sonali Shah

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847427878

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847427878.001.0001

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Keeping it in the family

Keeping it in the family

(p.47) Three Keeping it in the family
Disability and social change

Sonali Shah

Mark Priestley

Policy Press

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

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