Disabling methodologies

Baker, Bernadette (1999) Disabling methodologies. Pedagogy, Culture and Society, 7(1), pp. 91-115.

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Abstract

In efforts to generate inclusive schooling, educational policy makers and teachers presumably need to know what the terms of exclusion have been and how inclusion would operate. If disability's definition and, hence, identification is constitutionally unstable however, inclusive schooling becomes a more ambiguous affair. This article examines the methodologies deployed to analyse disability in cultural perspective. It maps critical/feminist and critical post-structural methodologies for treating definitional difficulties. It problematises the notion of cross-culture by analysing the play of a Westernness in different accounts. It suggests that definitional ‘dilemmas’ noted in studies of disability and culture are not resolved by critical/feminist or critical post-structural approaches. The difficulty of definition is grounded more broadly in a moment that seeks to notice itself, particularly through the play of language and appeals to historical relativity. The ‘resolution’ that the article suggests is the article itself: to map the insideness of outsideness in regard to ‘culture’ and ‘persons’, and to locate the activity of mapping as another colonising effect of scientific thought.

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ID Code: 89880
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1080/14681369900200045
ISSN: 1747-5104
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Deposited On: 25 Nov 2015 04:12
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2015 04:12

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