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People with intellectual disabilitiesTowards a good life?$
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Kelley Johnson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420695

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420695.001.0001

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Thinking about a good life

Thinking about a good life

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(p.31) Two Thinking about a good life
Source:
People with intellectual disabilities
Author(s):

Kelley Johnson

Jan Walmsley

Marie Wolfe

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847420695.003.0003

This chapter tries to determine how a good life has been constituted at different times and in different places. It does not aim to provide a detailed account of the nature of ‘a good life’. Rather, the chapter tries to provide some glimpses into how a person may think about a good life and the way the definitions of it are framed by place and time. It also explores the different values that seem to support the idea of a good life during the twenty-first century in most of the ‘developed countries’. The increasing tension between the idealisation of community and the growing focus on individualism in these societies is also studied.

Keywords:   thoughts, good life, supporting values, definitions, developed countries, idealisation of community, individualism

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