Cloak of Competence

ISBN-10: 0520082265
ISBN-13: 9780520082267
Edition: 2nd 1993 (Revised)
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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 10/16/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 274
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

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.

Acknowledgments for the Revised Edition
Introduction to the Revised Edition
Foreword
Preface
The Study and Its Background
Detailed Portraits of Selected Persons
Some Central Concerns of "Life on the Outs"
Passing and Denial: The Problem of Seeming To Be Normal
The Benevolent Conspiracy: The Role of the Benefactor
Stigma and the Cloak of Competence
The Follow-up Studies
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

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