The Cloak of Competence, Revised and Updated edition: Stigma in the Lives of the Mentally Retarded

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This new edition brings up to date a classic study of the everyday lives of previously institutionalized people with mental retardation. For the first time, the author allowed these people to speak about their own lives, their fears, and their hopes. He focused on the role of stigma in their lives and their efforts to pass as normal, as well as the need they had for normal benefactors. Now, using the same ethnographic methods, Robert Edgerton follows up the original population over a period of three decades. His new findings greatly expand our knowledge of these individuals, suggesting that as they grow older they increase their social competence, life satisfaction, independence, and ability to contribute to the lives of others. Human service professionals and others concerned with mental retardation will welcome Edgerton's discussion of current issues such as the role of environmental factors in modifying mental retardation and the need for new conceptual approaches.

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"The republication of The Cloak of Competence is welcome because in addition to making an important book available to those who do not have access to the original publication, in this revision Edgerton enriches the original through additional chapters."--"American Journal on Mental Retardation

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Robert B. Edgerton is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles. His many books include "Rules, Exceptions, and Social Order" (1985), and "The Individual in Cultural Adaptation" (1971), both published by California.

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