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Hybrid structures and cultural diversity in welfare services for people with intellectual disabilities. The case of inclusive education and disability arts in Sweden.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2016 (English)In: Alter;European Journal of Disability Research ;Journal Europeen de Recherche Sur le Handicap, ISSN 1875-0672, E-ISSN 1875-0680Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
Abstract [en]

In this article, I deal with professional and ethical implications in welfare organizations that are characterized by what I refer to as a hybridity structure. In particular, the article focuses on two different organizational contexts dealing with support and services for people with intellectual disabilities in Sweden: disability arts and inclusive education. The term “hybridity structure” refers to a hybridized mode of organizations in welfare contexts that operate in border areas between different institutional contexts. Data was collected using both qualitative research interviews (inclusive education; disability arts) and a quantitative web survey (disability arts). The results show that both organizations are constituted by somewhat antagonistic institutional logics, which underpin ideas of appropriateness in relation to the daily work—aims, methods, ambitions, and professional relations. Inclusive education entails an educational and a social logic, which generated ambivalence in daily practice. Similarly, disability arts consisted of an artistic logic and a therapeutic logic, which caused ambiguity in relations to aims and methods. The article suggests that hybridization opens up the possibility for both opportunities and threats in welfare services and organizations. The social effects in terms of organizational restructuring, appropriateness in professional practice, and the social constructions of identity among people with intellectual disabilities are all important in further research on hybrid organizations and intellectual disabilities.

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Hybridization, cultural diversity, institutional logics, inclusive education, disability arts
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-118358OAI: diva2:912646
Available from: 2016-03-17 Created: 2016-03-17 Last updated: 2016-04-29

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