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Title: Perceiving disability and practising Community-Based Rehabilitation.
Author: Lang, Raymond Paul.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3604 8127
Awarding Body: University of East Anglia
Current Institution: University of East Anglia
Date of Award: 2000
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This thesis explores two distinct yet inter-related issues within the twin fields of disability and developments tudies. First, the evolution of Community-BasedR ehabilitation( CBR) as the "received orthodoxy" for disability service provision throughout the developing world. Second, the developmenot f two theoretical" models"o r perspectiveso f disability: the medicala nds ocial perspectivesT. he assumptionws hichu nderpinC BR haven ot generallyb eens ubjectedto critical examinationn or hasc onsiderationb eeng iven ast o how CBR andt he theoreticalu nderstandings of disabilityi nter-relate. This thesisc ritically analysesth is inter-relationship. The thesisd escribesa ndc ritiquest he theoreticalu nderstandingosf disability,a ndt he philosophy ando perationapl racticeo f CBR, beforec onsideringh ow eacho f thesec anm utuallye nhancea nd developt he other.T his analysiss uggestws aysf orwardt o developinga na lternativeu nderstanding of disability, which is pertinent to the experience of disabled people in a developing country context. It is argued that neither perspective provides an intellectually satisfying analysis. CBR has invariably been perceived by planners and policy makers in a somewhat utopian manner. A field study of four NGO-managed CBR programmes in South India provides an empirical exploration of these issues. The case studies enlighten and contextualise the issues this thesis addresses. It is concludedt hat a universal" model" of disabilityi s inadequateb ut that insightsc an be drawn from both the medical and social perspectives. Importantly, an "improved" understandingo f disabilitym ust take into accountt he way in which the experienceo f disabilitya nd impairmenti s shapedb y economic,s ociala ndc ultural factors.T he thesisa lsoc oncludesth at althought here are problems inherent in the principles and practice of CBR, it has the potential to create an unprecedented opportunity for disabled people to improve their well-being. Given that "empowerment"i s becomein creasinglyim portantw ithin CBR. there is potential in considering the implications of Paulo Freire's philosophy of social transformation for operational practice.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Empowerment; Health policy; NGOs