Chrissie Rogers - Doing disability research: the reflexive sociologist
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The Department of Sociology's 2009 Undergraduate Lecture given by Dr. Christine Rogers from Anglia Ruskin University on 12 November 2009. ...
The Department of Sociology's 2009 Undergraduate Lecture given by Dr. Christine Rogers from Anglia Ruskin University on 12 November 2009.
Abstract: This paper brings together research that I have carried out under the umbrella of disability research as a reflexive sociologist. It draws on my sociological PhD research, disability theory and auto/biographical research. If you are someone who is not disabled in any way, or does not know a disabled person you could ask the question ‘what has disability research got to do with me?’. However, as an undergraduate you have probably been in an education system that has promoted the ‘inclusion’ of all children to be educated together, whatever their difficulty. Via political discourse, policy directives, qualitative research and personal narratives I would like to challenge notions and provoke critical thinking around disability research. By critically engaging with mothering a disabled child, ‘inclusive’ education and sexual and intimate rights I suggest that young learning disabled people are often considered a disappointment, are excluded within an ‘inclusive’ education system and are at best discouraged from having intimate relationships, a family or an interdependent life. At worst they are socially excluded, abused and live in poverty. Here I suggest that both learning disabled people and their families are considered differently able, and whilst they might not always ‘fit’ within a socially expected norm, (to behave publically appropriate for example), they have a right to what any other young person and their family desire: a life with meaningful relationships and free from prejudice.
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