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Digital technologies and musical participation for people with intellectual disabilities

Adkins, Barbara A., Summerville, Jennifer, Knox, Marie, Brown, Andrew R., & Dillon, Steven (2012) Digital technologies and musical participation for people with intellectual disabilities. New Media and Society, 15(4), pp. 501-518.

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Abstract

Research on the aspirations of people with intellectual disabilities documents the importance of alternative zones of inclusion where they can assert their own definitions of ability and normality. This stands in contrast to assumptions concerning technology and disability that position technology as ‘normalising’ the disabled body. This paper reports on the role of a digital music jamming tool in providing access to creative practice by people with intellectual disabilities. The tool contributed to the development of a spatio-temporal zone to enable aesthetic agency within and beyond the contexts of deinstitutionalised care. The research identifies the interactions among tools, individuals and groups that facilitated participants’ agency in shaping the form of musical practice. Further, we document the properties of emergent interaction - supported by a tool oriented to enabling music improvisation - as potentially resisting assumptions regarding normalisation.

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ID Code: 54209
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Cultural participation, Digital Technologies, Intellectual disability, Music improvisation
DOI: 10.1177/1461444812457338
ISSN: 1461-4448
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies (200102)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 SAGE Publications
Deposited On: 17 Oct 2012 08:57
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2013 15:19

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