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A deviant case...

Rapley, M. and McHoul, A. (2004) A deviant case... In: Rapley, M., (ed.) The social construction of intellectual disability. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 181-195.

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Abstract

Intellectual disability is usually thought of as a form of internal, individual affliction, little different from diabetes, paralysis or chronic illness. This study, the first book-length application of discursive psychology to intellectual disability, shows that what we usually understand as being an individual problem is actually an interactional, or social, product. Through a range of case studies, which draw upon ethnomethodological and conversation analytic scholarship, the book shows how persons categorized as 'intellectually disabled' are produced, as such, in and through their moment-by-moment interaction with care staff and other professionals. Mark Rapley extends and reformulates current work in disability studies and offers a reconceptualisation of intellectual disability as both a professionally ascribed diagnostic category and an accomplished - and contested - social identity. Importantly, the book is grounded in data drawn from naturally-occurring, rather than professionally orchestrated, social interaction.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Media, Communication and Culture
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Copyright: 2004 Mark Rapley
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/9902
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