The staff are your friends : Intellectually disabled identities in official discourse and interactional practice.

Antaki, Charles and Finlay, W.M.L and Walton, Chris (2007) The staff are your friends : Intellectually disabled identities in official discourse and interactional practice. British Journal of Social Psychology, 46 (1). pp. 1-18. ISSN 0144-6665

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Abstract

Talk between care staff and people with learning disabilities may reveal a conflict between official policy and actual social practice. We explore a case in which care staff are in the process of soliciting residents' views on ‘relationships’. Ostensibly, this is an empowering part of a group meeting, meant to help the residents understand their relationships with the people around them, and to value those which are positive. However, the talk mutates from solicitation to instruction and, in doing so, provides a vivid case of people with learning disabilities being attributed social rights more limited than is consistent with institutional service policy. We unpack the play of category membership in this episode to illustrate how conflicting agendas can lead to the construction, even in ostensibly empowering encounters, of identities actively disavowed at the level of official discourse.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Social Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/researchoutput/libraryofcongress/bf
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Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
ID Code: 4351
Deposited By: Dr Chris Walton
Deposited On: 05 Mar 2008 09:50
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2019 00:59
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/4351

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