Reconsidering Intellectual Disability Hardback

L'Arche, Medical Ethics, and Christian Friendship

by Jason Reimer Greig;

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Reconsidering Intellectual Disability

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Drawing on the controversial case of "Ashley X," a girl with severe developmental disabilities who received interventionist medical treatment to limit her growth and keep her body forever small -- a procedure now known as the "Ashley Treatment" -- Reconsidering Intellectual Disability explores important questions at the intersection of disability theory, Christian moral theology, and bioethics. What are the biomedical boundaries of acceptable treatment for those not able to give informed consent? Who gets to decide when a patient cannot communicate their desires and needs? Should we accept the dominance of a form of medicine that identifies those with intellectual impairments as pathological objects in need of the normalizing bodily manipulations of technological medicine? In a critical exploration of contemporary disability theory, Jason Reimer Greig contends that L'Arche, a federation of faith communities made up of people with and without intellectual disabilities, provides an alternative response to the predominant bioethical worldview that sees disability as a problem to be solved.
Reconsidering Intellectual Disability shows how a focus on Christian theological tradition's moral thinking and practice of friendship with God offers a way to free not only people with intellectual disabilities, but all persons from the objectifying gaze of modern medicine. L'Arche draws inspiration from Jesus's solidarity with the "least of these" and a commitment to Christian friendship that sees people with profound cognitive disabilities not as anomalous objects of pity, but as fellow friends of God. This vital act of social recognition opens the way to understanding the disabled not as objects to be fixed but as teachers, whose lives can transform others and open a new way of being human.

Reconsidering Intellectual Disability by Jason Reimer Greig was published by Georgetown University Press in November 2015. The ISBN for Reconsidering Intellectual Disability is 9781626162426.

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Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherGeorgetown University Press (November 2015)
Number of Pages304
Thickness21 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4336427
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