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Överlevare eller Övervinnare? Föreställningar om funktionshinder i Georgien utifrån erfarenheter från de funktionshindrades gemenskap

Erixon, Gabriela LU (2015) SOPA63 20151
School of Social Work
Abstract
The purpose of this ethnographic study was to examine the conceptions and challenges people deal with that work among the disability community in the country of Georgia. I have analyzed my empiric material through the theoretical framework of stigma and normality, but also through a cultural perspective. My focus was to discover how disabled people are viewed in Georgia, as well as how they view themselves. I also wanted to understand how the concepts of stigma and normality are expressed in the constructs of disability. Finally, I wanted to get an understanding of the strategies that Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Georgia use to counteract negative notions of disability. This research was based on field studies and unstructured... (More)
The purpose of this ethnographic study was to examine the conceptions and challenges people deal with that work among the disability community in the country of Georgia. I have analyzed my empiric material through the theoretical framework of stigma and normality, but also through a cultural perspective. My focus was to discover how disabled people are viewed in Georgia, as well as how they view themselves. I also wanted to understand how the concepts of stigma and normality are expressed in the constructs of disability. Finally, I wanted to get an understanding of the strategies that Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Georgia use to counteract negative notions of disability. This research was based on field studies and unstructured interviews with representatives of various NGO:s that work within the disability community in Georgia. My findings show that disability is still associated with stigma and shame, particularly in the rural areas. Disabled people are largely being hidden away from public view; there is a vast lack of knowledge concerning disabilities, and very little credence to the possibility of improved life quality for disabled people. The medical model is still prevailing, which means that disabled people`s inability to join in society is seen as a direct result of having an impairment and not as the result of features of our society which can be changed. Negative attitudes are a main issue and the best strategy for a positive development is visibility and spreading of knowledge. Empowerment and networking are crucial to mobilize the disabled and their families to strive for their rights to partake in society. (Less)
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Erixon, Gabriela LU
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SOPA63 20151
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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Disability, stigma, normality, post-soviet culture
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Swedish
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7864476
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  abstract     = {The purpose of this ethnographic study was to examine the conceptions and challenges people deal with that work among the disability community in the country of Georgia. I have analyzed my empiric material through the theoretical framework of stigma and normality, but also through a cultural perspective. My focus was to discover how disabled people are viewed in Georgia, as well as how they view themselves. I also wanted to understand how the concepts of stigma and normality are expressed in the constructs of disability. Finally, I wanted to get an understanding of the strategies that Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Georgia use to counteract negative notions of disability. This research was based on field studies and unstructured interviews with representatives of various NGO:s that work within the disability community in Georgia. My findings show that disability is still associated with stigma and shame, particularly in the rural areas. Disabled people are largely being hidden away from public view; there is a vast lack of knowledge concerning disabilities, and very little credence to the possibility of improved life quality for disabled people. The medical model is still prevailing, which means that disabled people`s inability to join in society is seen as a direct result of having an impairment and not as the result of features of our society which can be changed. Negative attitudes are a main issue and the best strategy for a positive development is visibility and spreading of knowledge. Empowerment and networking are crucial to mobilize the disabled and their families to strive for their rights to partake in society.},
  author       = {Erixon, Gabriela},
  keyword      = {Disability,stigma,normality,post-soviet culture},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Överlevare eller Övervinnare? Föreställningar om funktionshinder i Georgien utifrån erfarenheter från de funktionshindrades gemenskap},
  year         = {2015},
}