Deinstitutionalising Women: An Ethnographic Study of Institutional Closure

Deinstitutionalising Women: An Ethnographic Study of Institutional Closure


By (author) Kelley Johnson

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  • Format: Hardback | 232 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 232mm x 22mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 13 October 1998
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521623669
  • ISBN 13: 9780521623667
  • Edition statement: New.

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This book explores the lives of women living in a locked ward within a large institution for people with intellectual disabilities. Kelley Johnson describes, in rich and carefully-observed detail, the lives of the women in the institution largely through their own stories and experiences. The closure of this institution gave her a unique opportunity to examine closely the impact of deinstitutionalisation on these women. The book raises a number of broad questions about our understanding of disability. It considers the role of professional views of intellectual disability in shaping perceptions. It also looks at the process of deinstitutionalisation, with its paradoxical discourse of rights and management. Finally the book's feminist analysis brings insight to the ways in which institutionalised women are not only locked out of society, but out of their lives as women as well.

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Review quote

'... absorbing and confronting ... a rare and valuable means for persons not working within the institutional environment to gain some understanding of what happens within such places ... a vivd and remarkably honest account ... a remarkable and valuable work.' Ian Freckelton, Psychiatry, Psychology and Law

Table of contents

1. Entry points; Part I. Inside the Institution: 2. Life in the unit; 3. The paths to unit N; 4. Locked out/locked in; Part II. Coming Out: 5. The unlocked door; 6. Stepping forward; 7. Coming out; 8. Deinstitutionalisation: managing subjectivity; Part III. Outside: 9. Escaping stories.