'How dare you say that about my friend': negotiating disability and identity within Australian high schools

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Australian education policies advocate equal opportunities and nondiscrimination

    through legislation that people with disabilities willing to attend ‘mainstream’

    schools must be accommodated for. In this paper, people with mobility disabilities

    talk about their high school experiences in New SouthWales, Australia.We are particularly

    interested in how these men and women talk about the affirmation of bodily differences

    within various high school spaces. Adopting narrative analysis and a feminist approach we

    understand identity as constructed spatially. Our interpretation is focused upon how school

    spaces helped to shape participants’ sense of self and in turn how participants shaped school

    spaces. We present a series of vignettes which illustrate how participants with mobility

    disabilities negotiated their bodily differences in and through school space.

Authors


  •   De Vet, Eliza R. (external author)
  •   Waitt , Gordon R.
  •   Gorman-Murray, Andrew W. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • De Vet, E., Waitt, G. R. & Gorman-Murray, A. (2012). 'How dare you say that about my friend': negotiating disability and identity within Australian high schools. Australian Geographer, 43 (4), 377-391.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84871168659

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/58

Number Of Pages


  • 14

Start Page


  • 377

End Page


  • 391

Volume


  • 43

Issue


  • 4

Abstract


  • Australian education policies advocate equal opportunities and nondiscrimination

    through legislation that people with disabilities willing to attend ‘mainstream’

    schools must be accommodated for. In this paper, people with mobility disabilities

    talk about their high school experiences in New SouthWales, Australia.We are particularly

    interested in how these men and women talk about the affirmation of bodily differences

    within various high school spaces. Adopting narrative analysis and a feminist approach we

    understand identity as constructed spatially. Our interpretation is focused upon how school

    spaces helped to shape participants’ sense of self and in turn how participants shaped school

    spaces. We present a series of vignettes which illustrate how participants with mobility

    disabilities negotiated their bodily differences in and through school space.

Authors


  •   De Vet, Eliza R. (external author)
  •   Waitt , Gordon R.
  •   Gorman-Murray, Andrew W. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • De Vet, E., Waitt, G. R. & Gorman-Murray, A. (2012). 'How dare you say that about my friend': negotiating disability and identity within Australian high schools. Australian Geographer, 43 (4), 377-391.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84871168659

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/58

Number Of Pages


  • 14

Start Page


  • 377

End Page


  • 391

Volume


  • 43

Issue


  • 4