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Title: Becoming quixotic? A discussion on the discursive construction of disability and how this is maintained through social relations
Authors: Cockain, A
Keywords: Discourse
Self-subjectifying practices
Social relations
Severe learning difficulties
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Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Source: Disability and society, 2014, v. 29, no. 9, p. 1473-1485 How to cite?
Journal: Disability and society 
Abstract: Using an autoethnographic approach, this paper focuses upon interactions between 'Paul' (a pseudonym), whose symptoms associated with 'severe learning difficulties' are such that he is positioned on the low-functioning end of the autistic spectrum, his carers and others, in spaces taken for granted to be 'public' in both the United Kingdom and Hong Kong. This paper examines how social discourses relating to disability filter into social interactions, ultimately constructing the symptoms they purport to represent. This paper concludes by highlighting how interactions might be viewed as enabling rather than disabling, as producing spaces for thinking about the human condition.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/35823
ISSN: 0968-7599 (print)
1360-0508 (online)
DOI: 10.1080/09687599.2014.953245
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