'Out of Place', 'Knowing One's Place': Space, power and the exclusion of disabled people

Kitchin, Rob (1998) 'Out of Place', 'Knowing One's Place': Space, power and the exclusion of disabled people. Disability & Society, 13 (3). pp. 343-356. ISSN 0968-7599

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Disabled people are marginalised and excluded from 'mainstream' society. In general, our understanding of the processes of exclusion is grounded in time and history. In this paper, it is argued that space, as well as time, is instrumental in reproducing and sustaining disablist practices. Disability has distinct spatialities that work to exclude and oppress disabled people. Spaces are currently organised to keep disabled people 'in their place' and 'written' to convey to disabled people that they are 'out of place' . Furthermore, social relations currently work to spatially isolate and marginalise disabled people and their carers. Disability is spatially, as well as socially, constructed. It is contended that an understanding of society's reaction to, and the experiences of, disability should be framed within an approach that combines a spatialised political economy with social constructivism. Unlike neo-Marxist approaches this approach is centred on notions of power rather than capital. Using this approach, the spatialities of disability are explored.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The final and definitive form of this article, the Version of Record, has been published in the Disability & Society [1998] [copyright Taylor & Francis], available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/ DOI:10.1080/09687599826678
Keywords: Space; Power; Exclusion; Disability; Society; Spatial construction;
Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > National Institute for Regional and Spatial analysis, NIRSA
Item ID: 3924
Depositing User: Prof. Rob Kitchin
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2012 15:16
Journal or Publication Title: Disability & Society
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes

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