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ERIC Number: EJ857876
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3116
Trapped in Our Past: The Price We Have to Pay for Our Cultural Disability Inheritance
Symeonidou, Simoni
International Journal of Inclusive Education, v13 n6 p565-579 Sep 2009
The importance of culture in understanding cross-cultural phenomena is now widely acknowledged. This paper seeks to explore the impact of the Greek-Cypriot culture on constructing notions of disability which dominate popular culture and education. Since culture cannot be understood without the study of history, this analysis takes a historical character. The findings presented in this paper are part of a larger research project regarding the personal and political experience of disability in Cyprus during the period 1966-2004. This paper focuses on how the concept of disability was constructed in Cyprus through political, social, religious, and educational responses to disabled children and adults mainly during the period 1970-90. The relationship between culture and segregation, medicalisation and charity is analysed. The current turn towards inclusive rhetoric is also explained. The paper ends with a critical consideration of our cultural inheritance regarding disability and it draws the connection with non-inclusive practice currently taking place. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Cyprus