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From Leisure and Disability to Disability Leisure: Developing data, definitions and discourses

Aitchison, Cara

Authors

Cara Aitchison cara.aitchison@uwe.ac.uk



Abstract

Although both disability studies and leisure studies have grown to become influential subject fields in their own right, there has been little discursive exchange between the two fields. This article seeks to address these equally significant gaps in disability research within leisure studies and leisure research within duability studies. Empirical data examining the role of leisure in the lives of a group of young people with cerebral palsy are introduced to contextualise definitions and discourses of leisure and disability. The article demonstrates that, for many young disabled people, the role of leisure in tackling social exclusion remains within the realms of policy rhetoric, rather than everyday reality. The dissonance between these agendas and actualities is reviewed in relation to definitions and discourses of disability and leisure evident in wider social policies, and in relation to definitions, discourses and models of disability that remain dominant within leisure provision.

Journal Article Type Review
Publication Date Dec 1, 2003
Journal Disability and Society
Print ISSN 1360-0508
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 18
Issue 7
Pages 955-969
APA6 Citation Aitchison, C. (2003). From Leisure and Disability to Disability Leisure: Developing data, definitions and discourses. Disability and Society, 18(7), 955-969. https://doi.org/10.1080/0968759032000127353
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/0968759032000127353
Keywords leisure, disability
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0968759032000127353


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