eBook Robert Bogdan ☆ Inside Out The Social Meaning of Mental Retardation Epub ☆

‘We have to assume that the mind is working no matter what it looks like on the outside We can’t just judge by appearanceIf you take away the label they are human beings’ Ed MurphyWhat does it mean to be ‘mentally retarded’? Professors Bogdan and Taylor have interviewed two experts ‘Ed Murphy’ and ‘Pattie Burt’ for answers Ed and Pattie former inmates of institutions for the retarded tell us in their own wordsTheir autobiographies are not always pleasant reading They describe the physical mental and emotional abuses heaped upon them throughout their youth and young adulthood; being spurned neglected and ultimately abandoned by family and friends; being labelled and stigmatized by social service professionals armed with tests and preconceptions; being incarcerated and depersonalized by the stateEd and Pattie survived these experiences—evidence perhaps of the indefatigable will of the human spirit to assert its essential humanity—but the wounds they have suffered and the scars they bear have not been overcome They are now contributing independent members of society but the stigma of ‘mental retardation’ remainsTheir stories are both true and representative—powerful indictments of our knowledge of our thinking about and our ministrations to the mentally handicapped The interviewers argue that Ed and Pattie challenge the very concept of ‘mental retardation’ Retardation they assert is an ‘imaginary disease’; our attempts to ‘cure’ it are a hoaxRead Ed’s and Pattie’s accounts and judge for yourself


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