Politics of geographic exclusion: deinstitutionalization, hegemony and persons with intellectual disability in Israel

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Abstract

Deinstitutionalization is a core policy for the development of services for people with intellectual disabilities (ID) in western countries. Nonetheless, although a western country, deinstitutionalization is not well advanced in Israel. In order to shed light on this phenomenon, we explore the hegemony of ID as reflected in Israeli legislation. The analysis shows a biomedical hegemony; ID is depicted as a form of medical and social deviance. Israel’s legislation reflects paternalistic views of persons with ID, who are largely seen as vulnerable objects of pity, to be cared for and protected.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1180-1198
Number of pages19
JournalDisability and Society
Volume32
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 14 Sep 2017

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Keywords

  • Deinstitutionalization
  • Israel
  • hegemony
  • intellectual disability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Health Professions (all)
  • Social Sciences (all)

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