Insider narratives and contemporary arts: challenging hegemonic (intellectual) dis/ability discourse?

Fairclough, Matthew (2012) Insider narratives and contemporary arts: challenging hegemonic (intellectual) dis/ability discourse? MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    What is intellectual disability? And why are people so-labelled excluded in society? How may this be countered and changed? Through a phenomenological methodology that recognised use of self, this work explored narratives in history that have both promoted hegemony and challenged it through ‘insider’ voice. In this respect it highlighted narrative as a subversive force: both in terms of the empowerment of those oppressed voices and from the perspective of ‘logic’ that would disparage narrative. From this position ontological questions were raised concerning identity and representation that defy simple either… or… answers and necessitate a narrative approach in place of reductionist objectifications of positivist scientific discourse. It then considered how narrative, as story has traditionally, held an enriching place within the arts. In this way the question crystallised around how the arts may carry the narratives of those so labelled intellectually disabled. This was enhanced with the question of the arts’ relationship to hegemonic discourse and thus how their forms may be placed to augment the resistance of insider narratives to it. From here the author sought out examples of insider narratives within the arts, it became clear that this had increased, though was still limited, within the contemporary sphere. Me Too and Heavy Load were found and they resonated with the aim of the work to cross borders and counter their dualistic ontology. This was found to be of great significance to social work given its moorings in the social sciences.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2012 12:24
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:06

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