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The concept of citizenship in Disability Research, a literature review
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. (Welfare and Life-Course)
2015 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
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From a social science perspective, disability research is about the relation between persons with disabilities and their environment. Several disability researchers have studied this relationship and applied the concept of citizenship to characterise the barriers and opportunities for being a full member of society. The citizenship approach is particularly relevant for understanding disability from a rights-based perspective and many studies have e.g. shown how disabled people have claimed their rights to enjoy full participation in society. It can also be noted that the relevance of citizenship is highlighted by the Nordic Network on Disability Research (NNDR) conference as it is a suggested theme for papers. This paper presents a literature review of articles published in English, referring to both disability and citizenship in their title, abstract or keywords. It is suggested that the link between citizenship and disability offers a fertile ground for disability research which has however not fully been explored yet. The paper concludes that developments of this concept in feminist theory and citizenship studies are promising sources of inspiration, both for theoretical developments and for empirical research about everyday experiences of living with a disability.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-252754OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-252754DiVA: diva2:811255
Nordic Network of Disability Research (NNDR) 13th Research conference, May 6-8 2015 in Bergen, Norway
EU, FP7, Seventh Framework Programme, 320079
Available from: 2015-05-11 Created: 2015-05-11 Last updated: 2016-04-28

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