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Niepełnosprawność i złożoność
Disability and Complexity

Author(s): Seweryn Rudnicki
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Instytut Filozofii i Socjologii Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: disability; complexity; complexity theory; institutions

Summary/Abstract: The purpose of the article is to adapt elements of the so-called complexity theory to analyzing the operations of the system of institutional support for disabled persons in Poland. According to the main thesis of the article, complexities produced by the institutional systems and putting the burden of reducing it on the disabled persons themselves is an important mechanism of discrimination. Additionally, the basic problems related to the effectiveness of institutional support result from lack of competence in the institutional system’s dealing with the complexity of the phenomenon of disability. An empirical illustration of the thesis is drawn from the data gathered during 60 interviews and 2 workshops, conducted with the experts in the field of disability. The analysis not only contributes new theoretical insights to the reflection on disability, but it also indicates the direction of desirable developments in social policy.

  • Issue Year: 213/2014
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 43-61
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: Polish