Disability arts: the building of critical community politics and identity

Cameron, Colin (2016) Disability arts: the building of critical community politics and identity. In: Politics, power and community development. Rethinking Community Development Series . Policy Press, Poole, pp. 199-216. ISBN 9781447317364

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This chapter examines the disability arts movement in Great Britain as an example of a self-organised, critically conscious community established with political aims: around the rights of disabled people to access, inclusion and respect. It considers the role of disability arts in forging individual and collective identities grounded in a re-evaluation of the meaning of disability. It also explores ways in which disability arts have challenged dominant representations of disabled, and is illustrated by reflections on poems by the disabled writer Sue Napolitano. The affirmation model, a theoretical development expressing the distinct social critique emerging from disability arts, is outlined as a tool for making sense of disabling assumptions, encounters and practices in everyday life. The chapter concludes by suggesting that perspectives developed by disabled people can offer an opportunity for reflection on the emancipatory potential of community development practice.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: social model, collective identity, affirmation model
Subjects: L500 Social Work
W900 Others in Creative Arts and Design
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
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Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2018 11:18
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 11:16
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/36774

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