Bringing the Body Back: Adults with Developmental Disabilities, Resistance, and Independence

  • Author / Creator
    Herzog, Kathleen Y
  • In this thesis, I engage with the following research problem: how the body can practically, theoretically, and comprehensively be brought back into conversations of disability, while simultaneously acknowledging the agency (vis-à-vis independence) of individuals with disabilities as well as social factors. To address this problem, I interviewed Edmontonian adults with developmental disabilities who were part of the Persons with Developmental Disabilities Program (PDD). Additionally, I use Deleuze and Guattari’s theory of the body-without-organs (BwO), or body-self, to demonstrate that although use of the medical model of disability (by PDD and others) seeks to pathologize and medicalize (territorialize) this study’s participants, they attempted to resist this territorialization in their everyday lives through their relations with assistive designs and devices, medical procedures, family, and support staff. While participants were unfamiliar with “autonomy,” they were at ease with the term independence, which had unique meanings for them based on personal experiences and relationships.

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    Master of Arts
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    University of Alberta
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    • Department of Sociology
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Shields, Rob (Sociology)
    • Strohschein, Lisa (Sociology)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Strohschein, Lisa (Sociology)
    • Shields, Rob (Sociology)
    • Spencer-Cavaliere, Nancy (Physical Education and Recreation)