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ERIC Number: EJ819547
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1354-4187
Resisting Having Learning Disabilities by Managing Relative Abilities
McVittie, Chris; Goodall, Karen E.; McKinlay, Andy
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, v36 n4 p256-262 Dec 2008
Previous research has shown that identities and the attributes from which identities are inferred are negotiated within social interaction and language. The identity of having learning disabilities is commonly associated with ascriptions of lesser abilities than other people, and in turn might be inferred from such abilities. This study examines how individuals, potentially ascribed with an identity of having learning disabilities, discursively manage the ascription of abilities and disabilities relative to other people. Semi-structured interviews were carried out with eight individuals categorised as having learning disabilities. Interview transcripts were coded for all references to relative abilities and analysed using discourse analysis. The participants displayed three orientations towards abilities, namely (i) ascribing deficits to "others", (ii) resisting comparisons of deficit and (iii) claiming "normal" attributes. For the participants, these negotiations of relative abilities provide ways of managing specific aspects of identities associated with learning disabilities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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