The Cloak Of Competence, Revised And Updated Edition / Edition 1

The Cloak Of Competence, Revised And Updated Edition / Edition 1

by Robert B. Edgerton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520082265

ISBN-13: 9780520082267

Pub. Date: 10/01/1993

Publisher: University of California Press


This new edition brings up to date a classic study of the everyday lives of previously institutionalized people with mental retardation. For the first time, the author allowed these people to speak about their own lives, their fears, and their hopes. He focused on the role of stigma in their lives and their efforts to pass as normal, as well as the need they had…  See more details below

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This new edition brings up to date a classic study of the everyday lives of previously institutionalized people with mental retardation. For the first time, the author allowed these people to speak about their own lives, their fears, and their hopes. He focused on the role of stigma in their lives and their efforts to pass as normal, as well as the need they had for normal benefactors.

Now, using the same ethnographic methods, Robert Edgerton follows up the original population over a period of three decades. His new findings greatly expand our knowledge of these individuals, suggesting that as they grow older they increase their social competence, life satisfaction, independence, and ability to contribute to the lives of others. Human service professionals and others concerned with mental retardation will welcome Edgerton's discussion of current issues such as the role of environmental factors in modifying mental retardation and the need for new conceptual approaches.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520082267
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
10/01/1993
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments for the Revised Edition
Introduction to the Revised Edition
Foreword
Preface
1The Study and Its Background1
2Detailed Portraits of Selected Persons17
3Some Central Concerns of "Life on the Outs"92
4Passing and Denial: The Problem of Seeming To Be Normal131
5The Benevolent Conspiracy: The Role of the Benefactor155
6Stigma and the Cloak of Competence182
7The Follow-up Studies195
8Conclusion216
Bibliography235
Index245

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