Walking small with ‘Paul’, a man with ‘severe learning difficulties’: on (not) passing in purportedly public places

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Cockain, A. 2018. Walking small with ‘Paul’, a man with ‘severe learning difficulties’: on (not) passing in purportedly public places. Disability & Society. 33 (5), pp. 705-722. https://doi.org/10.1080/09687599.2018.1455578
AuthorsCockain, A.
Abstract

This article primarily accounts for walks taken in purportedly public places with ‘Paul’, a middle-aged man who is currently diagnosed as having ‘severe learning difficulties’. These walks offer windows into the ways in which dis/ableist discourses and the powerful abstractions they produce descend to the level of practice, seeping into seemingly innocuous spaces, and the interactions and subjectivities therein. Through these encounters, persons become complicit in the production, maintenance and reinforcement of non-disabled (or abled)/disabled identities. This article nevertheless attempts to destabilize and defetishize the ontological categories that these encounters realize, and to recognize the vitality and presence set aside or concealed behind these concepts.

KeywordsSevere learning difficulties; Passing; Non-disabled (or abled)/disabled binary; Abstractions/reductions; Fetishize/defetishize (autism); Autism
Year2018
JournalDisability & Society
Journal citation33 (5), pp. 705-722
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN0968-7599
1360-0508
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/09687599.2018.1455578
Official URLhttps://doi.org/10.1080/09687599.2018.1455578
Publication dates
Online06 Apr 2018
Publication process dates
Accepted19 Mar 2018
Deposited11 Oct 2021
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