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Theorising disability: a practical and representative ontology of learning disability

Cluley, V., Fyson, R. and Pilnick, A. (2019). Theorising disability: a practical and representative ontology of learning disability. Disability & Society, doi: 10.1080/09687599.2019.1632692

Abstract

This article contributes to the ongoing development of the theorisation of learning disability, focusing on the value of the ontological turn. We argue that while social theory has influenced understandings of disability within academia, particularly within disability studies, it has had a limited impact on the discursive and practical use of the term ‘learning disability’. How ‘learning disability’ is constructed is of direct consequence to the lives of people with learning disabilities. Owing to this, we present a practical and representative ontology of learning disability in order to progress the ontological turn into everyday understandings of disability. To do this, disability theory is discussed, critically appraised and progressed. We then outline how this new theorisation could be re-contextualised within policy, with a view to further re-contextualisation into practice and the everyday. It is hoped that this article will spark discussion regarding how the ontological turn can be used for change.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Disability and Society on 09 July 2019, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/09687599.2019.1632692.
Publisher Keywords: Disability theory, learning disability, ontological turn, critical disability studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Departments: Business School > Management
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2019 10:15
URI: https://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/22721
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