AntakiCrompton2015

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AntakiCrompton2015
BibType ARTICLE
Key AntakiCrompton2015
Author(s) Charles Antaki, Rebecca J. Crompton
Title Conversational practices promoting a discourse of agency for adults with intellectual disabilities
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Tag(s) EMCA, Conversation Analysis, Activities, agency, conversation, discourse empowerment, intellectual disability, personal control, questions
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Year 2015
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Journal Discourse & Society
Volume 26
Number 6
Pages 645-661
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DOI 10.1177/0957926515592774
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Abstract

In a qualitative study of 50 hours of videotapes of interactions between staff and adults with intellectual disabilities, in two different service environments, we identified conversational practices that arguably promoted – or failed to promote – a discourse of service-users’ personal agency in how they carried out everyday activities. Staff could treat the service-user as an autonomous, self-directed social individual by (a) casting the activity in which they were engaged as being located in a meaningful overall framework, (b) designing their turns at talk as suggestions and requests for the service-user to follow as a matter of choice and (c) implying a joint purpose shared between service-user and a larger group in which he or she was a stakeholder. We discuss these findings in light of recent developments in the drive to empower service-users who have intellectual disabilities.

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