Whose problem? Disability narratives and available identities

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCommunity Planning and Development
Subtitle of host publicationIssues and Opportunities
EditorsRhonda Phillips, Patsy Kraeger
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter44
Volume3
ISBN (Print)9781138023093
Publication statusPublished - 18 Dec 2017

Publication series

NameCritical Concepts in Built Environment
PublisherRoutledge

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