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Exploring conceptualisations of disability: A Talanoa approach to understanding cultural frameworks of disability in Samoa

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posted on 09.08.2018, 00:00 authored by Catherine PictonCatherine Picton, Michael HorsleyMichael Horsley, Bruce KnightBruce Knight
Purpose: The concepts of disability were explored from a Samoan cultural frame. The impact of disability conceptualisations on identity development and cultural inclusion were assessed through the Samoan language. The study also evaluated the extent of endorsement of global policy initiatives at a local level. Methods: Through facilitating a Talanoa approach, which is a rich cultural tradition of sharing knowledge, space emerged for dialogue around the lived experiences of members of the disability community in Samoa. Results: Incongruous conceptualisations of disability were identified as a contributing factor in the persistence of stigmatising attitudes and beliefs. Borrowing concepts and terms from moral, medical, and social disability models, this disparity of conceptualisation is reflected in Samoan disability terminology. It was also found that while global policy initiatives are generally politically embraced, they engage more effectively with the community when they are underpinned by Samoan cultural ontologies. Conclusion: The findings suggest that multiple ideologies regarding rights, capabilities and experiences, challenge the development of identity, self-worth, and inclusion. There is significant value in merging cultural concepts with a social disability model framework. It is important to future development that people with disability can express a sense of cultural identity without risking the right to inclusion and equality

History

Volume

27

Issue

1

Start Page

17

End Page

32

Number of Pages

16

eISSN

2211-5242

ISSN

2211-5242

Publisher

VU e-Publishing

Additional Rights

Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

Yes

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Disability, CBR and Inclusive Development