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Department of Social Anthropology


The Ethics of Care: Intellectual Disability in the UK

For my PhD in the department of social anthropology, I conducted 15 months of research on an NGO in the UK that provides care for adults with intellectual disabilities. The unusual communal basis of this support raises profound questions about the relationship between protection and freedom, care and adulthood, dependence and independence. I remain in close contact with the community, and I am currently working on a first manuscript from my research material entitled Caring Liberally: Ethics between Dependence and Freedom.

Dr. Patrick  McKearney
Research Associate, Max Planck - Cambridge Centre for Ethics, Economy and Social Change
Affiliated Lecturer, Department of Social Anthropology
By-Fellow, Churchill College