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Disability and Vulnerability: Interpretations of Risk in Everyday Life
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences. (Risk and Crisis Research Center)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0202-0609
2016 (English)In: Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, ISSN 0966-0879, E-ISSN 1468-5973, Vol. 24, no 4, p. 244-252Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Definitions and assessments of social vulnerability are commonly based on systemic relations and processes on a macro level. There is a danger of ascribing vulnerability to someone, regardless of their individual circumstances and personal abilities, thus micro-level information regarding everyday life is also needed. Experiences of risk and attitudes towards vulnerability were explored in five group interviews with a total of 27 disabled individuals. In the contexts of instrumental aids, bodily endurance, and external causes, vulnerability was found to be a ubiquitous primer in everyday decision-making regarding activity attendance and displaying disabilities. The disabled individual’s interpretative framework for risk and vulnerability is shaped by objectifying his / her own body, and by being accustomed to everything taking a long time. The interpretative framework helps in decision-making and in managing any ‘contextual inertia’ involved in stressful situations. By showing how everyday life, individual conditions, and social circumstances are all strictly interconnected, the importance of adapting assessments of vulnerability to the type of study and analysis is highlighted.

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2016. Vol. 24, no 4, p. 244-252
Keywords [en]
vulnerability, disability, risk, everyday life
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-16639DOI: 10.1111/1468-5973.12120ISI: 000387793600005Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84978764244OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-16639DiVA, id: diva2:540433
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Risk and crisis research centerAvailable from: 2012-07-10 Created: 2012-07-10 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved

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