My ESRC funded studentship explores the social world of the Mental Capacity Act 2005. In going beyond the ‘letter of the law’ I explore what actually happens in courtrooms, local authority meeting rooms, advocacy offices, individual homes, I analyze how the range of people involved in the everyday practices of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 construct and reproduce the personal and social worlds of decision-making within this revolutionary legal framework, and aim to find out how those who inhabit this world actually go about dealing with the burning social questions that lurk beneath the neat, tidy black-on-white letter of Mental Capacity Law.
Such questions include:
Who decides when you can’t?
Call for Participants
Are you a person with a disability/disabled person, who is actively involved in the pursuit of disability rights?
Might you be willing to talk with a researcher from the University of York about your views and experiences of accessing health and social care, about the right to accept/refuse medical treatment, and what happens if you lose the capacity to make such decisions for yourself?
I am looking for:
If you are interested in taking part, or for more information, please contact
Gill Loomes – firstname.lastname@example.org
Gillian tutors and supervises postgraduate students on Distance Education programmes in Autism Studies at the University of Birmingham (to the level of M.Ed).
She also regularly lectures on residential study weekends as part of these programmes, teaching on topics of advocacy, education and employment in the context of autism.