‘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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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.
|Divisions:||Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences > Psychology|
|Deposited By:||Melanie Hughes|
|Deposited On:||16 Sep 2010 11:31|
|Last Modified:||16 Mar 2013 14:54|
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