Disability and Being `Normal': A Response to McLaughlin and Goodley

  title={Disability and Being `Normal': A Response to McLaughlin and Goodley},
  author={Ruth Bridgens},
  pages={753 - 761}
In a recent issue of Sociology, McLaughlin and Goodley (2008: 318) argue that some feminists and disability scholars are critical of postmodern and post-structuralist ‘celebrations of contingency, fluidity and deconstruction’ in the case of marginalized groups, ‘advocating in contrast the political necessity of certain truth claims and collective identities’. Marginalized groups ‘are assumed to require a level of certainty, which others in more privileged positions can live and thrive without… 

Subtle Neglect and Yuckiness: Queerness, Disability, and Contagion in Mother Narratives

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14 strategies related to the participants’ will to manage daily occupations, maintain social relationships, and be part of society revealed that the participants strive to participate in occupations and society.

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Beyond Care Avoidance and Care Paralysis: Theorizing Public Mental Health Care

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There are many debates in the social sciences about the certain and uncertain nature of subjectivity and knowledge. Often these debates create competing theoretical camps, each hell bent on refuting

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Wellbeing and empowerment: the importance of recognition.

  • P. Fisher
  • Sociology
    Sociology of health & illness
  • 2008
It is suggested that while the parents of disabled babies often act reflexively to create empowering life narratives within the private sphere, this is not always facilitated by their encounters with health and social care organisations where neo-liberal ideas and biomedical narratives mean that parents and children are attributed 'deficient' identities in ways that undermine empowerment.

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Self-Reconstruction and Biographical Revisioning: Survival Following Cancer in Childhood or Adolescence

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