With this issue of The Cambridge Journal of Anthropology, we say ‘goodbye’ and
express our warmest thanks to Maryon McDonald for her work as Editor-in-Chief.
She oversaw the re-launch of the journal in 2012, with Volume 30, and has steered it
with great success since.
The present Special Issue remains true to this vision. Patrick McKearney and
Tyler Zoanni have brought together a fascinating set of articles that give us rich
new empirical accounts of the lives of people with cognitive disabilities and raise,
simultaneously, urgent practical questions about the regimes of care in which they
are, and might better be, accommodated, and intellectually vertiginous questions
about the fundamental character of human social life, and the scope and limitations
of our understandings of central constituent features such as reason, freedom and
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