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Logics and discourses in disability arts in Sweden: a neo-institutional perspective
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
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.

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Routledge , 2005. Vol. 20, no 7, 749-762 p.
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-14425DOI: 10.1080/09687590500335766OAI: diva2:154096
Available from: 2007-05-31 Created: 2007-05-31 Last updated: 2010-12-02Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Mellan konst och terapi: Om teater för personer med utvecklingsstörning
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Mellan konst och terapi: Om teater för personer med utvecklingsstörning
2007 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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Between art and therapy : theatre for people with intellectual
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.

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Umeå: Umeå universitet, Institutionen för socialt arbete, 2007. 78 p.
Studier i socialt arbete vid Umeå universitet : avhandlings- och skriftserie, ISSN 0283-300X ; 56
intellectual disabilities, theatre, organisational fields, institutional logics, art/therapy, Socialt arbete
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Social Work
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urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-1083 (URN)978-91-7264-292-8 (ISBN)
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2007-05-04, Norra beteendevetarhuset, NBVH1031, Umeå universitet, Umeå, 13:00
Available from: 2007-04-13 Created: 2007-04-13 Last updated: 2014-10-07Bibliographically approved

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