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Title: Direct payments and me : the construction, management and negotiation of social roles and identities
Author: Pedersen, Tina Hollemann
ISNI:       0000 0004 2699 4277
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 2008
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The medical model invention of 'learning disabilities' is thought to have justified the casting of people so labelled into marginalised, dehumanised and disempowered subject positions (see e. g. Goodley & Lawthom, 2005; Stenfert-Kroese & Holmes, 2001; Rapley, 2004). According to the discourse of recent social policy, the person with 'learning disabilities' is, however, to be understood not merely as a person with cognitive deficits but also as a person with rights (DoH, 2001 a; DoH 2004a). This study examines the fine grain of talk between people with 'learning disabilities' and their support workers (n=4). The present use of a discursive psychological analysis of naturally occurring talk-in-interaction highlights a mismatch between the empowered social identities and roles ostensibly promoted by social policy and the interactional practice of the Direct Payments service organisation. It also shows that DP recipients are not only aware of the disempowered identities and social roles projected by their support worker but also prepared to negotiate such positioning. The attention and skill displayed in relation to the construction, negotiation and management of their social roles and identities provide further empirical evidence to suggest that people with 'learning disabilities' are considerably more competent than the technical gaze of the psy-complex would ever have given such persons credit for. Furthermore, this study highlights a need for social policy makers, psychologists and researchers to give further consideration to the interactional dynamics that cause disablement on a moment-to-moment basis and to acknowledge that emotional labour is part of the support worker identity and social role.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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