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Lecture 11

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University of Toronto Mississauga
Stuart Kamenetsky

Controversial Debates and Psychosocial Perspectives (1) April 2, 2013  Moral superiority of our times  Freak shows-“little people big world”  Value of life-Marx agues value of life is sometimes higher for others -Robert-killed daughter with carbon monoxide -it was pre-meditated but he got -don’t know how they would act if had to raise a child with a disability -impairment is culturally constituted as tragic -desire to continue living under such circumstances is incomprehensible Controversial Debates and Psychosocial Perspectives (2)  Medicine presents itself as value free but is it?  Scientific eradication of disability-at the end of the day, if medicine trying to get rid of disability,  Objective gaze  Playing god-we can now enable that child to survive  Eugenics-hearing impairments carry genes that are responsible -1/6 people in society carry a gene for a hearing impairment  Amniocentesis-amniotic fluid test, prenatal diagnosis of chromosomal abnormalities  Medicine as a gate keep of public funds-  Final determination that doctors make- “sick role”-if you’re sick, can’t do anything but being sick  If you have mental illness and doctor signs you were sick that day-very big on if you were criminally responsible Controversial Debates and Psychosocial Perspectives (3) Impairment-is the internal aspect of our body that is broken -not working the way our body should, not being able to function, not being able to do something that the body can do in other individuals -could be neurological damage, could be a bone, an amputated limb, inability to control movements Disability-exper
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