Whose problem? Disability narratives and available identities

Cameron, Colin (2017) Whose problem? Disability narratives and available identities. In: Community Planning and Development: Issues and Opportunities. Critical Concepts in Built Environment, 3 . Routledge. ISBN 9781138023093

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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.

This chapter is a reprint of an article originally published in Community Development Journal Volume 42, Issue 4, October 2007, Pages 501–511.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: L300 Sociology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
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Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2019 12:01
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 09:52
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/40038

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