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An Oral History of the Ethics of Institutional Closure

Ingham, Nigel and Atkinson, Dorothy (2013). An Oral History of the Ethics of Institutional Closure. Ethics and Social Welfare, 7(3) pp. 241–256.

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This paper examines the ethical dimensions of the closure process of an English large long-stay institution for people with learning difficulties during the last quarter of the twentieth century. It does this primarily through an analysis of oral historical interview data stemming from those managers who implemented rundown. The paper illustrates the ways in which their testimonies indicate the presence of a morally infused dominant rhetoric, which was based upon the therapeutic benefits of closure, informed by the ideas of normalisation and social role valorisation. However, the paper argues that this principled managerial perspective had unfortunate ethical consequences, in that it under-acknowledged, marginalised and discredited staff viewpoints which raised pertinent issues relating to the downsizing of this particular hospital.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2013 Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1749-6543
Extra Information: Special Issue: Ethics and learning disability history: Revelation and Reconciliation
Keywords: institutional closure; social history of learning disability; deinstitutionalisation; ethics; organisational change management; oral history hegemony
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Item ID: 47319
Depositing User: Nigel Ingham
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2016 09:20
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 10:44
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