umu.sePublications
Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
Mellan konst och terapi: Om teater för personer med utvecklingsstörning
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2007 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)Alternative title
Between art and therapy : theatre for people with intellectual (English)
Abstract [en]

In this dissertation, a qualitative research project has been conducted focusing on two theatres for persons with intellectual disabilities. The aim of the dissertation was to analyze the ideological tension between artistic practises and the institutional setting in which they are arranged. The aim of the thesis was answered through the following questions:

What happens when a new and innovative logic is introduced on a well established organisational field?

How do Rebellerna and Ållateatern translate and manage the institutional setting under which they are working?

How do Rebellerna and Ållateatern relate to the surrounding environment?

The analysis is based on a qualitative research project conducted over a period of two years on Ållateatern and six mounts on Rebellerna. Theoretically, the analysis has been inspired by disability theory and neo-institutional theory. In the dissertation I argue that Rebellerna and Ållateatern, in their formal structure, reflect two different logics, which have influenced their relationship with the institutional environment as well as with the actors working at the theatres. These logics have been interpreted as a consequence of the need for human service organizations to obtain legitimacy from the institutional environment. However, on an individual level the tension between an artistic logic and a therapeutic logic has had a social meaning for the actors working at Rebellerna and Ållateatern. It has generated a selfunderstanding which besides the role of a client to the welfare state also includes the role of an actor. These experiences have generated a stronger belief in their own capabilities and a sense of pride. It has also challenged established social meanings on intellectual disabilities. However, one conclusion in the thesis is that both Ållateatern and Rebellerna have had an impact in influence the organisational field of daily activities. Another conclusion is that the tension between therapy and art on an individual level represents an important building block to generate a formation of identity and sub-cultural belonging.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå universitet, Institutionen för socialt arbete , 2007. , 78 p.
Series
Studier i socialt arbete vid Umeå universitet : avhandlings- och skriftserie, ISSN 0283-300X ; 56
Keyword [en]
intellectual disabilities, theatre, organisational fields, institutional logics, art/therapy
Keyword [sv]
Socialt arbete
National Category
Social Work
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-1083ISBN: 978-91-7264-292-8 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-1083DiVA: diva2:140142
Public defence
2007-05-04, Norra beteendevetarhuset, NBVH1031, Umeå universitet, Umeå, 13:00
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2007-04-13 Created: 2007-04-13 Last updated: 2014-10-07Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. Disability, culture and normative environments: The art and therapy discourse in theatre projects within the disability area
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Disability, culture and normative environments: The art and therapy discourse in theatre projects within the disability area
2004 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, ISSN 1501-7419, E-ISSN 1745-3011, Vol. 6, no 2, 131-150 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Swedish disability policy is guided by normative principles such as influence, participation and self determination. One way of practicing the policy is to create social settings conductive to the realisation of the aims and objectives in the law. In this article I discuss the condition, content and ideology of one of those normative environments - theatres with intellectually disabled actors. The empirical data collection is conducted in a fieldwork in a municipality in northern Sweden. I intend to discuss the main findings of this study, where the focus highlights the tension present when arranging artistic motivated activities within the frames of the communal social services. The article is based on a study, fully presented in Holmgren (2001).

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2004
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-14426 (URN)10.1080/15017410409512646 (DOI)
Available from: 2007-05-31 Created: 2007-05-31 Last updated: 2017-12-14Bibliographically approved
2. Logics and discourses in disability arts in Sweden: a neo-institutional perspective
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Logics and discourses in disability arts in Sweden: a neo-institutional perspective
2005 (English)In: Disability & Society, ISSN 1360-0508 (electronic) 0968-7599 (paper), Vol. 20, no 7, 749-762 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Theatre for and with people with intellectual disabilities has gradually become a more frequent and popular work arrangement within the municipal daily activities in Sweden. This article focuses on one of those theatres - Olla - and the aim is to analyse the institutional settings and normative environment surrounding the theatre and the way in which it relates to different institutional rules and expectations. Analytical implications will be drawn against neo-institutional theory and will show how Olla expresses both an artistic and a therapeutical logic, and that legitimacy is dependent on a loosely coupled formal structure between process and product, art and therapy. These logics are formulated within two different discourses, which leave Olla balancing between being a normalisation project or disability art which puts emphasis on the celebration of difference.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2005
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-14425 (URN)10.1080/09687590500335766 (DOI)
Available from: 2007-05-31 Created: 2007-05-31 Last updated: 2010-12-02Bibliographically approved
3. Institutional environments and sub-cultural belonging: theatre and intellectual disabilites
Open this publication in new window or tab >>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
Abstract [en]

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.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis Group, 2007
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-2234 (URN)10.1080/15017410601029770 (DOI)
Available from: 2007-04-13 Created: 2007-04-13 Last updated: 2017-12-14Bibliographically approved
4. Normalisering, autenticitet och reflexivitet: om iscensättande av det vanliga livet i handikappomsorg
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Normalisering, autenticitet och reflexivitet: om iscensättande av det vanliga livet i handikappomsorg
2007 (Swedish)In: Socialvetenskaplig tidskrift, ISSN 1104-1420, Vol. 14, no 4, 266-279 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [sv]

This article attempts to elaborate on the scholarly discourse about normalisation in disability care. More specifically, the problem of imitation is addressed. The aim is to cast light on the tension between artificially created, “authentic” reality in activities that try to achieve nor-malisation for people with disability. The discussion is carried out by using examples from theatre for people with mental disability and home care for people with long-term mental ill-ness.

Disability care in Swedish municipalities is described in terms of institutional logic. The logic of care is characterised by three sets of elements: regulative elements are made up of legislation, policy guidelines and organisational framework; normative elements like integra-tion and participation are grounded in national disability policy; cognitive elements are taken-for-granted values held by actors on the disability field, e.g. the value of work, not staying up all night, etc.

When professionals undertake normalising activities, the logic of care is welded with a logic of everyday life. The underlying assumption appears to be that users benefit from lead-ing a life as similar to what is considered as normal as possible. The article probes deeper into two such logics, the logic of theatre and the logic of home. The logic of theatre stresses the artistic and creative elements of the work with disabled clients, which creates the opportunity to achieve alternative identities for users. The logic of home involves values such as a sense of control, the home as conveyor of identity, and providing a setting for important relations.

Both theatre and home care involve institutional ambiguities. When welfare institutions attempt to imitate authentic everyday life, the assumption is that this would bring about posi-tive effects for clients. However, it is difficult to create this kind of authenticity within the therapeutic context of disability care – clients and outsiders are likely to see through the artifi-cial design of the situation. Occasionally, though, magic moments may occur when clients and staff engage in genuine activities that transcend the therapeutic purpose.

However, given Giddens’ conception of late modernity, the problem of imitation may ap-pear less problematic. The design of normal-appearing environments in disability care seems to be similar to and no-less artificial than what is the case with normal people, in an age where individuals increasingly tend to reflexively create their identities.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Förbundet för forskning i socialt arbete, 2007
Keyword
normalisation, reflexivity, disability, theatre, intellectual disability, normalisering, utvecklingsstörning, funktionshinder, teater
National Category
Social Work Social Work Sociology
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-8266 (URN)
Available from: 2008-01-16 Created: 2008-01-16 Last updated: 2017-12-14Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

errata(86 kB)258 downloads
File information
File name ERRATA01.pdfFile size 86 kBChecksum SHA-1
dc82f8b06335941ead9d9b349a5dbafade4363c11a9479cc7bffc6280de3a3fc62487f4c
Type errataMimetype application/pdf
fulltext(1396 kB)2684 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT01.pdfFile size 1396 kBChecksum SHA-1
36e05853d9e09acd56d59c64b6186a720b9e6fb950c77130539026a849040ee5750f5729
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Ineland, Jens
By organisation
Department of Social Work
Social Work

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 2684 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

isbn
urn-nbn

Altmetric score

isbn
urn-nbn
Total: 4563 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf