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How the tea is made; or, The scaling of 'everyday life' in changing services for 'people with learning disabilities'

Graham, HC (2010) How the tea is made; or, The scaling of 'everyday life' in changing services for 'people with learning disabilities'. British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 82 (2). 133 - 143 (10). ISSN 1468-3156


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In the late 20th century the day services which had been set up for adults defined as having learning disabilities became understood as problematic because of the effects of segregation. The new solution became the adjustment of services in order to support a governmental form of personhood; a model of personhood defined by independence, the ability to make choices and be in control, to exercise rights and to take a place within the community and within society. This article tracks the technical changes to everyday life that underpinned this shift - specifically changes in tea making in Croydon’s day services since the late 1960s and techniques of person-centred planning via widely used policy and guidance documents. Through deploying the analytical lenses of ‘scope’ and ‘scale’, two questions are pursued: What is understood as legitimising a person with learning disabilities’ choice? On what scale does choice have to take place in order to be understood as realising ‘choice’ or ‘control’ as they are imagined in policy documents such as Valuing People?

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2010 Blackwell. This is an author produced version of a paper subsequently published in British Journal of Learning Disabilities. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications (Leeds) > Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies (Leeds)
Depositing User: Symplectic Publications
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2011 15:16
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 17:35
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-3156.2010.00637.x
Status: Published
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1468-3156.2010.00637.x
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/43334

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