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

Pamela Inglis*, John Swain

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)339-352
Number of pages14
JournalDisability & Society
Issue number3
Early online date4 Apr 2012
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2012


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