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Resistance, identity of resistance and empowerment among people with intellectual disabilities
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI), The Wigforss Group.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7519-6488
2008 (English)Conference paper, Poster (with or without abstract) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Aim:  The concept of empowerment is often used to describe how individuals or groups try to establish control over their own lives. This study describes how a project “for” participants with intellectual disabilities changed into an empowerment-based project, a change initiated from below by participants who began to investigate how internalised oppression affected their lives and personal identities. Method:  Freire (1972) used the phrase “the wisdom of the oppressed” to emphasise the importance of the “power from within” discriminated and oppressed groups themselves. Through continuous observations and interviews over a three year period with participants and project leaders, we have been able to follow the development of the project.  Results and Conclusion:  Our conclusion is that: project activities are not enough; any real change must come from below and include processes of challenging and changing dominating discourses. We also argue for that an empowerment-based approach would give discriminated participants an opportunity to resist societal labelling as mentally retarded and to define their own personal identity.

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2008.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-20241OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-20241DiVA: diva2:580996
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International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities world conference (IASSID 2008), 25-30 August, Cape Town, South Africa
Available from: 2012-12-28 Created: 2012-12-28 Last updated: 2015-07-08Bibliographically approved

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