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Responsible Choice: The choice between no choice


Wareing, D and Newell, CJ, Responsible Choice: The choice between no choice, Disability & Society, 17, (4) pp. 419-434. ISSN 0968-7599 (2002) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/09687590220140359


This paper explores the way 'choice' is constituted by professional and support staff in naturally-occurring-talk within an Australian disability service. That choice is really the choice you have when you are not having a choice, a situation indicative of the wider social milieu and the disablism found in society. Membership Categorisation Analysis is used to highlight the moral reasoning which occurs in the everyday, based upon disablist norms. In light of this, critical reflection upon contemporary bioethics is used to suggest that choice as an expression of autonomy is not only contextual, but far more than the hedonistic approach adopted by Western disability services.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:People with disability
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community services
Objective Field:Ability and disability
UTAS Author:Newell, CJ (Associate Professor Christopher Newell)
ID Code:25898
Year Published:2002
Web of Science® Times Cited:7
Deposited By:General Practice
Deposited On:2002-08-01
Last Modified:2003-05-23

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