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Title: How proposing an activity to a person with an intellectual disability can imply a limited identity
Authors: Antaki, Charles
Walton, Chris
Finlay, W.M.L.
Keywords: Activities
Conversation analysis empowerment
Intellectual disability
Learning disability
Mental retardation
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: © Sage
Citation: ANTAKI, C., WALTON, C. and FINLAY, W.M.L., 2007. How proposing an activity to a person with an intellectual disability can imply a limited identity. Discourse & Society, 18 (4), pp. 393-410
Abstract: In residential homes for people with learning or intellectual disabilities (or mental retardation, in North American usage), a routine way for staff members to structure residents' time is to propose outside activities (e.g. shopping trips to town, attendance at a concert and so on). We identify one common way of proposing such activities that reveals a subtle but significant aspect of the staff's understanding of the residents' identities. Staff often introduce an activity not by mentioning its actual qualities (e.g. `Do you want to go and see a church concert with lots of singing?'), but by associating it with a given individual (e.g. `Do you want to go to a concert with Bill?'). This practice favours the social aspect of the residents' choices over any other, and encourages the residents' conceptions of themselves as people with feelings who care about others, and who are, in turn, cared about. We discuss the implications of such an apparently positive identity ascription.
Description: This article was published in the journal, Discourse & Society [© SAGE Publications]. The definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0957926507075473
Sponsor: The research reported here was facilitated by grant number Res-148-25-0002 from the United Kingdom ESRC.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1177/0957926507075473
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/5436
ISSN: 0957-9265
Appears in Collections:Published Articles (Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies)

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