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|Title: ||When the larger objective matters more: support workers’ epistemic and deontic authority over adult service-users|
|Authors: ||Antaki, Charles|
|Issue Date: ||2019|
|Publisher: ||Wiley © The Authors|
|Citation: ||ANTAKI, C. and WEBB, J., 2019. When the larger objective matters more: support workers’ epistemic and deontic authority over adult service-users. Sociology of Health and Illness, doi:10.1111/1467-9566.12964.|
|Abstract: ||We report on how support workers sometimes over-ride the wishes of people living with
cognitive impairments. This can happen when they are both involved in some project (such
as an institutionally-managed game, a physical journey, an educational activity and so on).
The support worker might use their deontic authority (to propose, decide, or announce
future actions) to do things that advance the over-arching project, in spite of proposals for
what are cast as diversions from the person with impairments. They might also use their
epistemic authority (their greater knowledge or cognitive capacity) to trump their clients'
choices and preferences in subordinate projects. Not orienting to suggested courses of
actions is generally interactionally dispreferred and troublesome, but, although the
providers do sometimes orient to their actions as balking their clients' wishes, they usually
do not, and encounter little resistance. We discuss how people with disabilities may resist or
palliate such loss of control, and the dilemmas that support staff face in carrying out their
|Description: ||This is an Open Access article. It is published by Wiley under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/|
|Publisher Link: ||https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9566.12964|
|Appears in Collections:||Published Articles (Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies)|
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