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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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The Work of Everyday Life

The Work of Everyday Life

(p.57) 3 The Work of Everyday Life
Making Life Work

Jack Levinson

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter explores the everyday life at Driggs Home. The everyday life at Driggs House shows that the dilemmas of freedom are ongoing practical dilemmas that organize the social order of the group home. Routine group home work involves the continuous and skillful activity of all those who work and live there. The work-specific competencies that organize and define Driggs House are not only the province of counselors. Residents are also considered as workers in that they are competent participants in the accomplishment of everyday order. The work residents do on themselves in the work of self-government, and their skillful ongoing pursuit of independence is the very work that defines residents as certain types of Driggs House persons.

Keywords:   everyday life, Driggs House, freedom, social order, group home, counselors, residents, independence

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