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ERIC Number: EJ811399
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 103
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3116
From ABCs to ADHD: The Role of Schooling in the Construction of Behaviour Disorder and Production of Disorderly Objects
Graham, Linda J.
International Journal of Inclusive Education, v12 n1 p7-33 Jan 2008
Discussion of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in the media, and thus much popular discourse, typically revolves around the possible causes of disruptive behaviour and the "behaviourally disordered" child. The usual suspects--too much television and video games, food additives, bad parenting, a lack of discipline, and single mothers--feature prominently as potential contributors to the spiralling rate of ADHD diagnosis in Western industrialized nations, especially the USA and Australia. Conspicuously absent from the field of investigation, however, is the scene of schooling and the influence that the discourses and practices of schooling might bring to bear upon the constitution of "disorderly behaviour" and subsequent recognition of particular children as a particular kind of "disorderly". This paper reviews a sample of the literature surrounding ADHD in order to question the function of this absence and, ultimately, make an argument for an interrogation of the school as a site for the production of disorderly objects. (Contains 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia