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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)501-511
JournalCommunity Development Journal
Volume42
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2007

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