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The Social Construction of Intellectual Disability - Mark Rapley

The Social Construction of Intellectual Disability

Paperback Published: 24th August 2004
ISBN: 9780521005296
Number Of Pages: 260

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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. Mark Rapley extends and reformulates current work in disability studies and offers a reconceptualisation of intellectual disability as both a professionally ascribed diagnostic category and an accomplished - and contested - social identity. Importantly, the book is grounded in data drawn from naturally-occurring, rather than professionally orchestrated, social interaction.

'The book presents a timely challenge to our profession. Mark Rapley's writing just gets better: make sure you get the chance to learn from him.' Clinical Psychology '... this is an excellent book. It is a timely reminder in an intellectual domain becoming increasingly deadlocked by polarising debate of the need for detailed empirical analysis.' Disability & Society

Acknowledgementsp. viii
A note on the cover illustrationp. ix
A note on transcription notationp. x
Introductionp. 1
A discursive psychological approachp. 8
Intellectual disability as diagnostic and social categoryp. 30
The interactional production of 'dispositional' characteristics: or why saying 'yes' to one's interrogators may be smart strategyp. 78
Matters of identityp. 111
Talk to dogs, infants and ...p. 142
A deviant casep. 181
Some tentative conclusionsp. 196
Appendicesp. 210
Referencesp. 219
Indexp. 238
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ISBN: 9780521005296
ISBN-10: 0521005299
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 24th August 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.1  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.42