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Title:A comparative analysis: everyday experiences of disability in Sierra Leone
Authors:Berghs, Maria
Dos Santos-Zingale, Myriam
Year:2011
Periodical:Africa Today (ISSN 1527-1978)
Volume:58
Issue:2
Pages:18-40
Language:English
Geographic term:Sierra Leone
Subjects:people with disabilities
victims
identity
External link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/africa_today/v058/58.2.berghs.pdf
Abstract:In this article, the authors compare conceptions of disability in Sierra Leone using the theoretical category of 'victimhood'. They show the way in which this intersects with 1) how traditional perceptions of disability locate a person within a moral economy of blame and social remedies, 2) how disability discourses within a segregated setting are being affected by multiple postconflict ideas around victims and victimization, and 3) how dependency and success are created as disabled people internalize or reject the victimization. In these ethnographic snapshots of the everyday, the authors hope to show how people reinterpret discourses around disability to suit their own needs in fluid, multilayered, and sometimes even contradictory ways. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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