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‘You can’t do it…it’s theory rather than practice’: staff use of the practice/principle rhetorical device in talk on empowering people with learning disabilities.

Jingree, T and Finlay, WML ‘You can’t do it…it’s theory rather than practice’: staff use of the practice/principle rhetorical device in talk on empowering people with learning disabilities. Discourse & Society, 19 (6).

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Abstract

This study explores the discourses of support staff of people with learning disabilities talking about how choices and control are promoted or denied for service-users. A semi-structured interview based on issues identified in the White Paper 'Valuing People' was administered to 15 professional care-givers of people with learning disabilities. These were transcribed and analysed using discourse analysis. The analysis demonstrated the use of two dominant discursive themes: increasing autonomy and practicalities talk. These themes were frequently mobilized together in a manner that paralleled what Wetherell et al. (1987) termed a 'practice/ principle rhetorical device,' to argue against increasing choices and control. The implications of this are discussed, as are the subject positions offered to staff and service-users.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2010 10:31
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 18:36
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/2037

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