The Politics of ADHD
Graham, Linda (2006) The Politics of ADHD. In Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Annual Conference, 26th-30th November, Adelaide.
This essay offers a critical review of the problem we call “ADHD‿. In the first part of the discussion, the author presents an analysis of the literature surrounding Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Adopting a lens informed by the work of Foucault, she teases out the medical and psychological models to show the interdependency between these otherwise competing knowledge-domains. She argues that as it currently stands the construct serves political ends and questions whether a diagnosis of ADHD is helpful - and if so, for whom? In the second part, the author considers what role schooling practices might play in the pathologisation of children and interrogates the ADHD phenomenon as a symptom of the pathologies of schooling. Graham concludes by suggesting how we might arrest the rising rate of diagnosis by thinking about difference in more inclusive ways.
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|Item Type:||Conference Paper|
|Keywords:||ADHD, Inclusion, Politics, pathologies of schooling, medical model|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education|
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2006 AARE & Linda Graham|
|Deposited On:||13 Nov 2006|
|Last Modified:||09 Jun 2010 12:33|
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