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Participation and Inclusion - A discourse of welfare or a discourse of rights?


Abbott-Chapman, JA and Easthope, G, Participation and Inclusion - A discourse of welfare or a discourse of rights?, Australian Journal of Social Issues, 33, (2) pp. 99-118. ISSN 0157-6321 (1998) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1002/j.1839-4655.1998.tb01326.x


Research among students with physical and sensory disabilities who have succeeded in continuing their education at post-compulsory level as far as higher education, revealed that they have a high level of perceived personal control. This is strongly linked with educational attainment irrespective of severity of disability. The emphasis of these students upon self-help groups, and institutional response to student needs within a discourse of rights, rather than of welfare, has lessons for equity policy and practice with respect to other disadvantaged groups. The wider implications of intervention strategies and compensation programs which label and further marginalise members of disadvantaged groups are explored in the paper, in the context of the social construction of categories of disadvantage and difference, the analysis of competing discourses and social trends of individualisation and globalisation.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Abbott-Chapman, JA (Professor Joan Abbott-Chapman)
UTAS Author:Easthope, G (Dr Gary Easthope)
ID Code:13100
Year Published:1998
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:1998-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-08

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