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A New Model for Care: A Case Study in Creating Community among Persons With and Without Intellectual Disabilities

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A New Model for Care: A Case Study in Creating Community among Persons With and Without Intellectual Disabilities

Parisio, Sarah Michele L. (2013) A New Model for Care: A Case Study in Creating Community among Persons With and Without Intellectual Disabilities. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Abstract

Traditional models of care as experienced by persons with intellectual disabilities tend to be unidirectional and create a power relationship between caregiver and patient. The relatively new theoretical concept of mutual care provides a way of breaking down the existing power relation between caregiver and patient to make way for a more integrative model, namely care as partnership. In this ethnography, I examine the relationships between conventional caregivers and patients in the context of L’Arche, a community of people with and without intellectual disabilities founded on the notion of mutuality in relationships across differences. Recording the varying experiences of care lived by members of the L’Arche community of Il Chicco in Rome illuminates the risks and benefits involved in mutual care while highlighting the numerous factors that impact the possibility and success of its application in the Italian context.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Sociology and Anthropology
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Parisio, Sarah Michele L.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Social and Cultural Anthropology
Date:June 2013
Thesis Supervisor(s):Howes, David
ID Code:977469
Deposited By: SARAH PARISIO
Deposited On:26 Nov 2013 15:24
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:44
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