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Title: Men with learning disabilities : gendered subjectivities
Author: Wing, David
ISNI:       0000 0004 2697 5594
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 1999
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Gender, as a factor of human experience in the lives of men and women with learning disabilities has largely been neglected as an important area of investigation within clinical psychology. Although there have been recent moves to address this neglect by exploring the experience of gender for women with learning disabilities there has been virtually nothing in exploring the implications of gender for men with learning disabilities. This study is a qualitative investigation into how a number of men make sense of themselves in relation to gender and learning disability. Eleven men were interviewed in depth and a discourse analytic method as described by Potter and Wetherell (1987) applied to analyse their accounts. Several interpretative repertoires were defined from the analysis of the participants' accounts and have been described under the following heuristic categories: 'Learning Disability: A construction of inability', 'Learning Disability: Positioned as non-adult', 'The meaning of work', 'Sexual relationships', 'Appeals to 'sameness" and 'Learning Disability: An essentialist construction'. What emerged from the interviews was how, having been positioned within these repertoires, the participants' appeared to experience what can be described as multiple 'fractured' identities at the point of intersection between sometimes conflicting demands of masculinity and disability.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psych.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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