The Sociopolitical Construction of Identity: A Multidimensional Model of Disability

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Title:
The Sociopolitical Construction of Identity: A Multidimensional Model of Disability
Author:
Kraus, Amanda
Issue Date:
2008
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
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Abstract:
This paper explores the developmental process associated with developing a disability identity and the major societal, political, and environmental influences on disability identity development. This phenomenological study employs in-depth interviews to explore the interplay between the personal experiences of physically disabled college students with their social and physical environments to better understand the disability identity development process. Framing this study are the concepts that disability is a sociopolitical construct and that identity is formed through the interplay of individual and environment.The multidimensional model for disability identity is presented to inform the formation of disability identity. Currently, no model exists solely dedicated to disability identity. This model introduces the term "negotiated identity" to reflect the interaction between individual and environment that is critical to the disability experience. This model sees a departure from its essentialist predecessors by allowing for a vast interpretation of disability identity and straying from the one-directional, stage progression of traditional models. Institutional, practical and research-oriented implications are presented to inform the work of higher education professionals.
Type:
text; Electronic Dissertation
Degree Name:
PhD
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Higher Education; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Rhoades, Gary
Committee Chair:
Rhoades, Gary

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dc.language.isoENen_US
dc.titleThe Sociopolitical Construction of Identity: A Multidimensional Model of Disabilityen_US
dc.creatorKraus, Amandaen_US
dc.contributor.authorKraus, Amandaen_US
dc.date.issued2008en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis paper explores the developmental process associated with developing a disability identity and the major societal, political, and environmental influences on disability identity development. This phenomenological study employs in-depth interviews to explore the interplay between the personal experiences of physically disabled college students with their social and physical environments to better understand the disability identity development process. Framing this study are the concepts that disability is a sociopolitical construct and that identity is formed through the interplay of individual and environment.The multidimensional model for disability identity is presented to inform the formation of disability identity. Currently, no model exists solely dedicated to disability identity. This model introduces the term "negotiated identity" to reflect the interaction between individual and environment that is critical to the disability experience. This model sees a departure from its essentialist predecessors by allowing for a vast interpretation of disability identity and straying from the one-directional, stage progression of traditional models. Institutional, practical and research-oriented implications are presented to inform the work of higher education professionals.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Dissertationen_US
thesis.degree.namePhDen_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineHigher Educationen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorRhoades, Garyen_US
dc.contributor.chairRhoades, Garyen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberCheslock, Johnen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberLee, Jennyen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberKroeger, Sueen_US
dc.identifier.proquest2625en_US
dc.identifier.oclc659749613en_US
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