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Making Life Work: Freedom and Disability in a Community Group Home

Jack Levinson


Group homes emerged in the United States in the 1970s as a solution to the failure of the large institutions that, for more than a century, segregated and abused people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Yet community services have not, for the most part, delivered on the promises of rights, self-determination, and integration made more than thirty years ago, and critics predominantly portray group homes simply as settings of social control. This book presents an ethnography of a New York City group home based on more than a year of field research. The text shows how the group h ... More

Keywords: group homes, intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, community services, New York, group home, freedom

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780816650811
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816650811.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jack Levinson, author
Asst Professor of Sociology City College of New York CUNY