Whose problem? Disability narratives and available identities

Cameron, Colin (2007) Whose problem? Disability narratives and available identities. Community Development Journal, 42 (2). pp. 501-511. ISSN 0010-3802

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Abstract

In this article, the author demonstrates that contemporary cultural disability discourses offer few positive resources for people with impairments to draw upon in constructing positive personal and social identities. Examining the emergence of the Disability Arts Movement in Britain, consideration is given to alternative discourses developed by disabled people who have resisted the passive roles expected of them and developed a disability identity rooted in notions of power, respect and control. It is suggested that these alternative discourses provide an empowering rather than a disabling basis for community development and community arts practice and should be embraced by workers in these fields.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L400 Social Policy
W900 Others in Creative Arts and Design
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2011 15:48
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 12:39
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/3755

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