Institutional environments and sub-cultural belonging: theatre and intellectual disabilites
2007 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, ISSN 1501-7419, E-ISSN 1745-3011, Vol. 9, no 1, 46-57 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article analyses a theatre, Olla, which has actors with intellectual disabilities.Using qualitative methods the aims are to analyse how Olla relates to institutional environmentsand to analyse the social meaning of acting. The results are based on two empirical researchprojects using three qualitative methods: participant observation; open, non-structured qualitativeinterviews with both the leaders and the actors; and research circles with the actors. The resultswere analysed from a neo-institutional and a sub-cultural perspective. The results show that, at anorganizational level, Olla is connected to the two different logics, which generate a certainambivalence in relation to the surrounding environment. Legitimacy is rooted in a duality betweenprocess and product, art and therapy. However, the process at hand creates cultural meaning,where the emphasis is on the identification and celebration of difference. By sharing the samecultural belonging and by expressing this in relation to the public, the actors have developedconfidence and strength with emancipatory significance. It has given them an instrument withwhich to deal with their experiences of ambivalence to their environment.
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Taylor & Francis Group , 2007. Vol. 9, no 1, 46-57 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-2234DOI: 10.1080/15017410601029770OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-2234DiVA: diva2:140140