The Capacity Contract

Intellectual Disability and the Question of Citizenship


The Capacity Contract: Intellectual Disability and the Question of Citizenship


Introduction: Anxiety, Democracy, and Disability
1. Locke’s Capacity Contract and the Construction of Idiocy
2. Manufacturing Anxiety: The Medicalization of Mental Defect
3. The Disavowal of Disability in Contemporary Contract Theory
4. Rethinking Political Agency: Arendt and the Self-Advocacy Movement
5. Self-Advocates and Allies Becoming Empowered

  • University of Minnesota Press; March 2015
  • ISBN: 9781452944227
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  • Title: The Capacity Contract
  • Author: Stacy Clifford Simplican
  • Imprint: Univ Of Minnesota Press

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"The Capacity Contract brings much-needed insights to both political theory and disability studies. Its original analysis calls for the fuller recognition of the contributions of the intellectually disabled and their social inclusion as citizens."
—Kristin Bumiller, Amherst College

About The Author

Stacy Clifford Simplican is a postdoctoral fellow at Michigan State University and the DOCTRID Research Institute, which focuses on improving the quality of life of people with intellectual disabilities.