Turning experience into theory: The affirmation model as a tool for critical Praxis

Cameron, Colin (2014) Turning experience into theory: The affirmation model as a tool for critical Praxis. Social Work and Social Sciences Review, 17 (3). pp. 108-121. ISSN 0953-5225

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Official URL: http://doi.org/10.1921/swssr.v17i3.802


In this article I discuss the affirmation model, initially proposed by Swain and French (2000), as an intervention in an ongoing debate within disability studies around the usefulness of the social model. I consider the purpose of developing models, such as the social and affirmation models, and identify the lack of definitions in Swain and French’s original suggestion as an inherent weakness. I then outline my own research, undertaken with the aim of identifying whether useful affirmation model definitions might be fashioned, and relate my conclusions to Freire’s idea of critical Praxis. I conclude by proposing the affirmation model as a practical tool for use by social workers to identify the ways in which disabling social relations are reproduced in everyday encounters..

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L500 Social Work
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2018 11:40
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2018 11:40
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/36776

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