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Journal cover: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy

International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy

ISSN: 0144-333X

Online from: 1981

Subject Area: Industry and Public Sector Management

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Sociological Theory and Mental Retardation


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Title:Sociological Theory and Mental Retardation
Author(s):Terry Weiner, (Professor of Sociology and Political Science, Union College, Schenectady, New York), Felmon Davis, (Associate Professor of Philosophy, Union College, New York)
Citation:Terry Weiner, Felmon Davis, (1995) "Sociological Theory and Mental Retardation", International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Vol. 15 Iss: 7, pp.1 - 21
Article type:General review
DOI:10.1108/eb013217 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:The most salient fact about the relationship between sociology and mental retardation is its lack of interest in the topic. Sociologists, as well as anthropologists, who study medical care, health systems, the insane, deviant behaviour and social stratification have conspicuously avoided the examination of those individuals in society who are developmentally disabled. As the British sociologist Richard Jenkins (1991) asks regarding the study of the mentally retarded


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