Men with learning difficulties doing research: challenging views of learning difficulties

Inglis, Pamela and Swain, John (2012) Men with learning difficulties doing research: challenging views of learning difficulties. Disability & Society, 27 (3). pp. 339-352. ISSN 0968-7599

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09687599.2012.654986

Abstract

This paper explores the views of men with learning difficulties living in a secure environment. Reflecting findings from a doctoral thesis based upon a research project where the participants looked at the processes and concepts of research, the dialogues within the study were analysed using critical discourse analysis. Thesis aims relevant here include investigating given ‘truths’ about the positives of having a learning disability. The men are not only categorised as having a learning difficulty, but also have the added stigma of being offenders, and commonly having mental health issues which expose them to the worst of myths surrounding learning difficulty. Despite this, the findings suggest that the men are very positive about their lives – reporting that they have many attributes and talents – and view having a learning difficulty as an advantage at times. This affirms Foucauldian ideas on the way that dominant knowledge may be challenged.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: learning difficulty, research, positive identities
Subjects: B700 Nursing
L300 Sociology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Health, Community and Education Studies > Social Work and Communities
Depositing User: Ellen Cole
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2012 15:34
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2015 11:29
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/10700

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