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Making Life WorkFreedom and Disability in a Community Group Home$
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Jack Levinson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816650811

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816650811.001.0001

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Welcome to Driggs House

Welcome to Driggs House

(p.1) Introduction: Welcome to Driggs House
Making Life Work

Jack Levinson

University of Minnesota Press

This introductory chapter examines the authority and freedom in a group home for adults with intellectual disability or mental retardation. The case study presented is based on more than a year of fieldwork conducted at Driggs House, a group home in New York City with fifteen residents. It demonstrates how Driggs House depends on the voluntary and skillful participation of all those who live and work there. For the residents, group home work mainly involves the work they do on themselves to become more independent. The case study shows how a group home accomplishes its task of supervising individuals who are thought of as free yet incapable of freedom.

Keywords:   authority, freedom, group home, intellectual disability, Driggs House, New York City, independent

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