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Med rullstolen mot nya världar. En kulturanalytisk studie av habiliteringsträning i stadsmiljö med ungdomar som använder rullstol.

By Kristofer Hansson


The study examines from a cultural analysis perspective how habilitation training can learn adolescents who use wheelchair to become more integrated in urban environments. The wheelchair is considered in this study mainly as an emancipator. A specific habilitation training, called “Wheelchair in the city”, is studied, that teaches adolescents to overcome the obstacles they meet in urban environments. The obstacles can be stairs and elevators, but also how to take the bus or buy ice cream at the café. With training the young people can create new habits in their daily lives, habits that give confidence to dare more. The study examines the habit as both a bodily practice and a social practice. The body practice is about the bodily experience of dealing with the wheelchair and how it creates a familiarity for which the individual can overcome obstacles in the city. The social practice is about meeting other people and social skills, such as reading a bus schedule or order ice cream. Central for this study is to show how the concept of habits, bodily and socially, can provide an understanding of how habilitation training can give adolescents a more independent life and active participation in community life

Topics: Ethnology, Habilitation, Wheelchair, Habits, Practise, Body, Social, Adolescents
Publisher: Institutionen för kulturvetenskaper, Lunds universitet
Year: 2010
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