Taking a Feminist Disability Studies Approach to Fundamental British Values: Do “Fundamental” “British” Values Encourage the Appreciation of Marginalized Identity Groups, or Lead to the Performance of Inclusion?

Houston, Ella (2020) Taking a Feminist Disability Studies Approach to Fundamental British Values: Do “Fundamental” “British” Values Encourage the Appreciation of Marginalized Identity Groups, or Lead to the Performance of Inclusion? International Review of Qualitative Research, 13 (1). pp. 64-80. ISSN 1940-8447

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Abstract

In this article, Fundamental British Values (FBV) are understood as a token attempt toward societal inclusion and empowerment of all citizens. Rather than providing meaningful routes for all individuals to be included in British citizenship, FBV are built on foundations of “inclusionism” — the inclusion of marginalized
identity groups in society, on the premise that existing social structures are not threatened. Disabled women’s responses to sociocultural stereotypes surrounding disability and gender are interpreted through a feminist disability studies lens. Empirical data, gathered within a larger research project which examined disabled
women’s responses to the representation of disabled women in Anglo-American advertising, are drawn on and connections are made between the growing trend of promoting diversity in advertising, and superficial approaches to diversity and empowerment of all citizens, enacted in FBV. Two key themes underpin this critical discussion: participant resistance to “pity” narratives surrounding the portrayal of disabled women in advertising and disabled women’s navigation of “belonging” in exclusionary environments.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Feminist Disability Studies; Fundamental British Values; Inclusion; Inclusionism; Tolerance; Diversity; Qualitative research
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > School of Social Science
Depositing User: Ella Houston
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2021 10:43
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2021 10:43
URI: https://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/3265

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