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Breaking the rules: Summer camping experiences and the lives of Ontario children growing up with polio in the 1940s and 1950s

Shanouda, F., Yoshida, K. K. and Ferguson, S. (2017). Breaking the rules: Summer camping experiences and the lives of Ontario children growing up with polio in the 1940s and 1950s. In: Haynes, R., Brown, I. and Hansen, N. E. (Eds.), The Routledge History of Disability. (pp. 455-484). London, UK: Routledge. ISBN 1351774034

Abstract

This chapter presents an analysis from a critical disability studies history framework developed for a research project. It discusses how the research was conducted using an oral history method and how the analysis was produced. Oral history narratives of individuals living with polio are viewed as the most appropriate and important way to learn about and understand the meaning of polio for Canadians during the time period of 1927–1957. The chapter provides a historical backdrop to describe the development of some Ontario Society for Crippled Children (OSCC) camps, the philosophic basis for the camps, and the intended goals of the camping program. It deconstructs the philosophy of the OSCC, and presents some overarching themes. Each of the themes illustrates an aspect of the ableist dominant view of disability in relation to understandings of disabled children's lives at that time. The chapter introduces the counter narratives of the participants who attended these camps and their everyday lived experiences.

Publication Type: Book Section
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in The Routledge History of Disability on 25 October 2017, available online: http://www.routledge.com/10.1201/9781315198781.
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics
Departments: School of Health Sciences
URI: https://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/23476
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