Stigma toward people with disabilities in Poland and its effects on social integration and policy implementation

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dc.contributor DeCaro, Jason
dc.contributor Dressler, William W.
dc.contributor Erevelles, Nirmala
dc.contributor Oths, Kathryn
dc.contributor Pritzker, Sonya E.
dc.contributor.advisor Galbraith, Marysia H.
dc.contributor.author Holleman, Mirjam
dc.date.accessioned 2020-01-16T15:03:29Z
dc.date.available 2020-01-16T15:03:29Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0003373
dc.identifier.other Holleman_alatus_0004D_13956
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/6430
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract The European Union (EU) recognizes the social integration of people with disabilities in society as an economic necessity and fundamental human right. However, not all countries in the EU are equally successful at realizing their goals. Assessing the social integration of people with disabilities in an intra-culturally valid yet cross-culturally replicable and comparative manner is a crucial yet challenging tasks for policy makers. This study employs mixed methods research to investigates stigma toward people with disabilities in Poland in an ethnographically rich, socially and historically contextualized way. Using a novel approach to existing methods in the field of cognitive anthropology, this research provides a quantitative assessment of this stigma in order to demonstrate how this population is socially integrated, versus stigmatized, in the mental-maps of different segments of Polish society. Ethnographic methods and discourse analysis reveal a tension in Polish society between “modern” pro-EU and neo-liberal values and “conservative” nationalistic community orientations. Using consensus analysis and residual agreement these complex social relations were strategically narrowed into measurable units of analysis. My sample of Polish respondents reflect a similar ideological split that was observed in Polish society through my ethnographic data and described in recent literature about Poland. Correlations between cultural values and expectations toward people with a physical disability reveal how diverging ideological views held by different segments of Polish respondents affect the degree to which the differently-abled are integrated in the mental maps of non-disabled citizens. Quantitative results are linked back to broader historical process and current social debates concerning the role and responsibility of individual citizens and of the state, as well as the interwoven social question of “what to do with the disabled,” in post state socialist Poland. I describe how this study may be replicated and how quantitative measures of social integration or stigma, in the form of Pearson correlations, may be compared across cultures.
dc.format.extent 291 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Cultural anthropology
dc.subject.other Disability studies
dc.subject.other European studies
dc.title Stigma toward people with disabilities in Poland and its effects on social integration and policy implementation
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Department of Anthropology
etdms.degree.discipline Anthropology
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name Ph.D.


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