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Did you see that guy in the wheelchair down the pub? Interactions across difference in a public place

Lenney, M. and Sercombe, H. (2002) Did you see that guy in the wheelchair down the pub? Interactions across difference in a public place. Disability and Society, 17 (1). pp. 5-18. ISSN 0968-7599

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Abstract

Most research undertaken on interactions between able-bodied people and people with physical disabilities has focused on the way that people with disabilities are de-humanised during the interaction process. Little attention has been given to the possibility that able bodied people are unsure of how to go about interacting with people with disabilities (Soder, 1990). Looking is a complex business. This paper reports a qualitative study of interaction in public places with Elton, a young person coping with cerebral palsy. Participants were observed and filmed in a cafeacuteand a public bar. Elton and I were the only participants aware of the camera attached to his head rest. Elton and the other participants used visual symbols to assess approachability, status, ability, attractiveness, and quality of character. The difficulty in each encounter is that it is shaped by people's interpretation of the other, arrived at by their own projections of meaning attached to the 'form' of the body. There were also tensions in the process of looking: in particular, around eye contact, and the desire to avoid appearing to stare.

Item type: Article
ID code: 8692
Keywords: disability, disability studies, educational studies, Special aspects of education, Education, Health(social science), Social Sciences(all), Health Professions(all)
Subjects: Education > Special aspects of education
Education
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Education > Education
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    Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
    Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2009 16:19
    Last modified: 04 Sep 2014 19:08
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/8692

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