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To empower or to protect? Constructing the 'vulnerable adult' in English law and public policy.

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Recent judgments in England and Wales have confirmed and extended the High Court's inherent jurisdiction to make declarations about interventions into the lives of 'vulnerable', rather than simply 'mentally incapacitated' adults. We argue that this shift is problematic because of the ways that the 'vulnerable adult' has been constructed in order to justify such interventions. The accounts of vulnerability drawn upon in the constructive process highlight the person's inherent characteristics a...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MSD, Population Health
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Journal:
Legal studies (Society of Legal Scholars)
Volume:
28
Issue:
2
Pages:
234-253
Publication date:
2008-06-05
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EISSN:
1748-121X
ISSN:
0261-3875
URN:
uuid:6b14c407-5d18-436a-8001-faeb169a7d2b
Source identifiers:
200241
Local pid:
pubs:200241
Language:
English

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