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Title: Alternative spaces of failure. Disabled ‘bad boys’ in alternative further education provision
Authors: Johnston, C
Bradford, S
Keywords: disability;alternative provision;stigma;social capital;young people;identity
Issue Date: 29-Apr-2019
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: Disability & Society, 2019 (25)
Abstract: This article draws from an ethnographic study of a group of school-aged disabled white working-class and self-proclaimed ‘bad boys’ in one Alternative Provision (AP) in an English further education college. These young disabled students’ disabilities contribute to the formation of their revalorised – yet stigmatised – identities. Stigma also facilitates the governance of their educational careers. The article considers how this group understands its precarious existence in and beyond AP and how these young men resist the conditions of their devaluation. Despite multiple, stigmatising experiences, the article shows how they appropriate space and (social) capital, often in tension with other students and college staff. The article suggests that there are questions about AP as an appropriate means to confer value upon young disabled students.
ISSN: 0968-7599
Appears in Collections:Dept of Clinical Sciences Research Papers

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