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Imagining Citizenship: Swedish Disabled People Claim ‘Full Participation. Now’
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. (Welfare and Life-Course)
2016 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The ideal of citizenship is continuously being re-imagined by citizens who claim their right to participate in and be recognized as valuable members of their society. While scholars have documented the struggles of diverse groups of citizens, the citizenship claims of persons with disabilities have received less attention. The study focuses on a blog initiated by disability rights activists five months prior to the 2010 Swedish general elections with the aim to put the issue of disability on the political agenda and claim “full participation”. A content analysis was performed on a selection of 70 blogposts published as a book by four Swedish disability organizations to find out what the bloggers wrote about and how they proceeded to claim full participation in society. The analysis indicates that the bloggers positioned themselves as ordinary citizens by comparing their situation to citizens without disabilities. The ideal of citizenship underpinning the blogger’s claims corresponds to a traditional masculine conception of citizenship emphasizing independence, control and access to the public sphere. A key difference is, however, that the bloggers also challenge the disembodied notion of citizenship assuming that citizens are disconnected from their bodily needs.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-288442OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-288442DiVA: diva2:924077
13th Annual Conference in Citizenship Studies, March 31-April 2 in Detroit, USA
EU, FP7, Seventh Framework Programme, 320079
Available from: 2016-04-27 Created: 2016-04-27 Last updated: 2016-04-28

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