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SP0106 MASCULINITIES: ASPECTS OF CARE AND HOW THE MEDICAL DISCOURSE AFFECTS THE LIVES OF MEN WITH PHYSICAL DISABILITIES
  1. T. Huhtaniemi1
  1. 1University of Turku, Helsinki, Finland

Abstract

Abstract: Masculinities: Aspects of care and how the medical discourse affects the lives of men with physical disabilities

For me disability is not a physical state but a socially constructed phenomenon. In my Master’s thesis the purpose is to outline disability as a gendered phenomenon by focusing on intersection between masculinity and disability. I am interested in identity positions that are possible for disabled men in the context of dominating discourses and what those discourses are like. My material consists of biographical interviews I have done individually with disabled men.

The theoretical starting point of my research is the social model of disability that is shaped by Michael Oliver. My purpose is to apply social model of disability to foucauldian point of view. In this way disability can be viewed as a social and discursive distinction that marginalizes disabled people in society by making distinction between “healthy” and “sick” individuals.

From the biographical interviews gathered I am searching discourses that are telling, directly or indirectly, about the culture, and the social and institutional practices, that interfere with disability and masculinity.

My thesis is made as a part of research project organized by Kynnys ry that is a human rights organization for disabled people in Finland. The thesis isn’t completely finished but in my presentation I will introduce you to the results that I have gathered so far.

Disclosure of Interest None Declared

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