The Social Construction of Intellectual Disability by Mark Rapley

By Mark Rapley

highbrow incapacity is generally regarded as a sort of inner, person illness, little diverse from diabetes, paralysis or persistent disease. This research, the 1st book-length program of discursive psychology to highbrow incapacity, indicates that what we often comprehend as being somebody challenge is basically an interactional, or social, product. via a variety of case experiences, which draw upon ethnomethodological and dialog analytic scholarship, the ebook indicates how folks classified as 'intellectually disabled' are produced, as such, in and during their moment-by-moment interplay with care employees and different execs. Mark Rapley extends and reformulates present paintings in incapacity stories and provides a reconceptualisation of highbrow incapacity as either a professionally ascribed diagnostic classification and an complete - and contested - social id. Importantly, the ebook is grounded in facts drawn from naturally-occurring, instead of professionally orchestrated, social interaction.

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