Misfitting and social practice theory: incorporating disability into the performance and (re)enactment of social practices

Williams, V, Gall, M, Mason-Angelow, V, Read, S and Webb, J (2021) 'Misfitting and social practice theory: incorporating disability into the performance and (re)enactment of social practices.' Disability & Society. ISSN 0968-7599

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/09687599.2021.1947195

Abstract

This paper applies social practice theories, which focus on the pattern of everyday activities, such as studying at university or playing music. Some theorists analyse practices by looking at the different elements from which they are formed, and that has helped us to gain insights into how disabled people can get included and excluded from ordinary activities. We focus firstly on common strategies for adjusting practices, namely providing another social actor and allowing more time. Secondly, we turn to ways in which social practices can be re-designed for everyone. Thirdly, we explore practices in a more restricted and ‘specialised’ setting, such as a centre for disabled people. We conclude that social practice theory has not given a full account of the effect of exclusions. Disabled people’s inclusion can change the shape of a practice, but it is important to recognise and embrace such changes in the mainstream of social life.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: social practice theories, change, co-production, disability exclusion, misfitting, disabled people
Divisions: School of Education
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/09687599.2021.1947195
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2021 11:44
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2021 13:39
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