The experiences of disability in sociocultural contexts of India: Stigmatization and resilience

Misa Kayama, Christopher J Johnstone, Sandhya Limaye

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Abstract

This study reports on findings from 25 semi-structured, individual interviews with participants with visual, hearing, or mobility disabilities in India focusing on stigmatization and resilience, and how they are constructed within Indian sociocultural contexts. Participants’ experiences of disability and stigmatization were alleviated or exacerbated by sociocultural issues, including socioeconomic status, caste, and gender hierarchy. A lack of family support and access to education further reinforced stigmatization. The case from India underscores the importance of addressing these intersectional issues, as well as stigmatization and resilience, to comprehensively support individuals with disabilities. Implications for practice, disability policies, theories, and research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalInternational Social Work
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

Keywords

  • Disability
  • India
  • resilience
  • sociocultural construction
  • stigmatization

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