The Social Construction of Intellectual Disability

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 10, 2004 - Psychology - 246 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
A discursive psychological approach
8
Intellectual disability as diagnostic and social category
30
The interactional production of dispositional characteristics or why saying yes to ones interrogators may be smart strategy
78
Matters of identity
111
Talk to dogs infants and
142
A deviant case
181
Some tentative conclusions
196
Current definitions of mental retardationintellectual disability
210
References
219
Index
238
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Mark Rapley is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Murdoch University. His work applies discursive psychology to questions of power, in particular the interactional and rhetorical production of persons with intellectual disabilities, the 'mentally ill' and Aboriginal Australians. His most recent books are Quality of Life Research: A Critical Introduction (2003) and, with Susan Hansen and Alex McHoul, Beyond Help: A Consumer's Guide to Psychology (2003).

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