Human rights and the governance of cognitive impairment and mental illness

Claire Spivakovsky

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During the 1970s and 1980s, western countries around the world entered a process of deinstitutionalization, releasing many people with cognitive impairments and mental illness from staterun institutions and asylums. Primarily this process occurred in response to both the emergence of rights-based disability movements (see Campbell and Oliver 1996), as well as subsequent rights-based challenges, such as the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Disabled Persons 1975 . Unfortunately, however, this process of deinstitutionalization failed on several fronts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge International Handbook of Criminology and Human Rights
EditorsLeanne Weber, Elaine Fishwick, Marinella Marmo
Place of PublicationAbingdon Oxon UK
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781315679891
ISBN (Print)9781138931176
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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