Making Social Cohesion or Marking the Human Security Threat? Tracing Disciplines of Place in Community-Based Services for the “Developmentally Disabled”

Main Article Content

Michael Stephen Glennon


social cohesion, community services, developmental disability


This paper is about how human services work people into place and how places are reworked by people. As an (auto)ethnographic research on community based services for “developmental disability”—seen as technologies for making social cohesion and development—it discusses rewards and risks when tooling knowledge to make people free.
Abstract 269 | PDF Downloads 99 Word Downloads 99 Text Downloads 122


Bates, P., & Davis, F. A. (2004). Social capital, social inclusion and services for persons with learning disabilities. Disability & Society, 19(3), 195-207.

Borgos, S., & Douglas, S. (1996). Community organizing and civic renewal: A view from the South. Social Policy, 27(2), 18-28.

Chenoweth, L., & Stehlik, D. (2004). Implications of social capital for the inclusion of people with disabilities and families in community life. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 8(1), 59-72.

Crichton, J. (1998). Balancing restriction and freedom in the care of people with intellectual disability. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 42(2), 189-195.

Croft, S. E. (1999). Creating locales through storytelling: An ethnography of a group home for men with mental retardation. Western Journal of Communication, 63(3), 329-347.

Dayton-Johnson, J. (2003). Social capital, social cohesion, community. In L. Osberg (Ed.), The economic implications of social cohesion. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

DeKraai, M. (2002). In the beginning: The first hundred years (1850-1950). In R. L. Schalock (Ed.), Out of the darkness and into the light: Nebraska's experience with mental retardation (pp. 103-122). Washington, DC: AAMR.

Deleuze, G., & Guattari, F. (1987). A thousand plateaus: capitalism and schizophrenia. London & New York: Continuum.

Duvdevaney, I., Ben-Zur, H., & Ambar, A. (2002). Self-determination and mental retardation: Is there an association with living arrangement and lifestyle satisfaction. Mental Retardation, 40(5), 379-389.

Farmakopoulou, N., & Watson, N. (2003). Motivations for entering and pathways of progression of disabled students in further education. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 7(3), 223-239.

Foucault, M. (2006). Psychiatric power: Lectures at the College De France, 1973-1974. Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.

Goodley, D., & Lawthom, R. (2005). Epistemological journeys in participatory action research: Alliances between community psychology and disability studies. Disability & Society, 20(2), 135-151.

Hacking, I. (2002). Historical ontology. Cambridge, MA & London: Harvard University Press.

Hacking, I. (1998). Mad travellers. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Healy, E. (2007). Ethnic diversity and social cohesion in Melbourne. People and Place, 15(4), 49-64.

Kishner, H. I., & Sterk, C. E. (2005). The limits of social capital: Durkheim, suicide, and social cohesion. American Journal of Public Health, 95(7), 1139-1143.

Lasch, C. (1991). The true and only heaven. New York & London: W.W. Norton & Company.

Levinson, J. (2005). The group home workplace and the work of know-how. Human Studies, 28, 57-85.

MacEachen, E., & Munby, H. (1996). Developmentally disabled adults in community living: The significance of personal control. Qualitative Health Research, 6(1), 71-89.

Oliver, M. (1990). The politics of disablement. Basingstoke: MacMillan and St. Martin's Press.

Partington, K. (2005). What do we mean by our community? Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 9(3), 241-251.

Pavey, B. (2006). Human capital, social capital, entrepreneurship and disability: An examination of some current educational trends in the UK. Disability & Society, 21(3), 217-229.

Potts, B. (2005). Disability and employment: Considering the importance of social capital. Journal of Rehabilitation, 71(3), 20-25.

Schalock, R. L. (2002). Out of the darkness and into the light: Nebraska's experience with mental retardation. Washington, DC: American Association on Mental Retardation.

Sharon, J. M. (2003). Singing alone? The contributon of cultural capital to social cohesion and sustainability. International Journal of Cultural Policy, 9(1), 35-49.

Terry, L. (Director). (1968). Out of the darkness and into the light. A TV expose of Nebraska Beatrice State Home [Motion Picture]. United States.

Trent, J. W. (1994). Inventing the feeble mind: A history of mental retardation in the United States. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Ward, A. C., & Baker, P. M. A. (2005). Disabilities and impairments: Strategies for workplace integration. Behavioral Science and the Law, 23, 143-160.