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Unformatted text preview: Cahill and Eggleston: Wheelchair Use and Kindness
Thursday, February 21, 2008 10:27 AM Macro - Subjective, based off of field reports and interviews of wheelchair users and autobiographical accounts Focuses on relation between stigma and PPDs Argues that stigmas influence on PPDs in prior works has been too inclusive When we apply these to broadly, we blind ourselves to the differences Prior works have neglected instances of acceptance Stigma can lose force Liminality PPDs fall in between categories in many ways, become ambiguous Experiences not wholly good nor wholly bad, not wholly rejection nor acceptance, not wholly sick or healthy What did they find? Classifications of public treatment Non-person Acting as if the wheelchair user was not there "This kind of non-person treatment amounted to being noticed by everyone and acknowledged by no-one." Talking past and about them as if they were absent Civil inattention - not unique to wheelchair users Open treatment - wheelchair users are not afforded the same privacy bubble as other people Technical talk Kinship claims - "I have a brother who..." Public Kindness Wheelchair users tend to need or request assistance, relying on public kindness Costs Social discomfort Strangers try to help, but accidentally make things worse. PPD loses "place" - shows dependence, loses social standing Superordinate and subordinate relationship Petitioner & benefactor < benefactor Relates to other PPD Reading Notes for Exam 2 Page 1 ...
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This note was uploaded on 04/25/2008 for the course SOC 462 taught by Professor Jackspencer during the Spring '08 term at Purdue University-West Lafayette.
- Spring '08