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The social meaning of mental retardation : two life stories : a reissued edition of "Inside out" with a new postscript

Author: Robert Bogdan; Steven J Taylor
Publisher: New York : Teachers College Press, ©1994.
Series: Special education series (New York, N.Y.)
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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What does it mean to be "mentally retarded"? Robert Bogdan and Steven J. Taylor addressed this question over a decade ago in a riveting account (originally published under the title, Inside Out) by interviewing two experts, "Ed Murphy" and "Pattie Burt," for answers. Ed and Pattie, former inmates of institutions, tell us in their own words. This important study is now being reissued by Teachers College Press. Ed and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Bogdan; Steven J Taylor
ISBN: 0807733431 9780807733431
OCLC Number: 30027903
Notes: "Originally published in 1982 ... by the University of Toronto Press"--Title page verso.
Description: xiv, 239 pages ; 23 cm.
Series Title: Special education series (New York, N.Y.)
Other Titles: Inside out
Responsibility: Robert Bogdan and Steven J. Taylor ; foreword by Seymour Sarason.

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What does it mean to be mentally retarded? This book features two autobiographical accounts by Ed and Patty, former inmates of institutions. The authors argue that Ed and Patty challenge the very  Read more...

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