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Independent living as a counter-narrative: a work of resistance and repair

Tarrant, Alison 2022. Independent living as a counter-narrative: a work of resistance and repair. International Journal of Disability and Social Justice 2 (1) , pp. 48-73.

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This article explores the concept of independent living as a counter-narrative. I argue that in addition to being both an aim for disabled people and a campaign objective for the global disabled people’s movement, independent living also acts as a narrative tool that opposes majoritarian social constructions of disability and creates ‘repaired’ identities for disabled people. I analyse documents produced by the disabled people’s movement in the UK to establish how independent living performs the work of resistance and re-draws social identities to enable equality and social justice for disabled people. I suggest that if independent living is to be effectively enshrined in domestic law and policy, the challenge it poses to dominant social narratives must be fully understood, and consider the role of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in effecting this.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Law
Additional Information: This journal article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)
Publisher: Pluto Journals
ISSN: 2732-4036
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 18 January 2022
Date of Acceptance: 23 December 2021
Last Modified: 12 May 2023 16:14

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