chapter  3
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Daily denials: The routinisation of oppression and resistance

ByNick Watson

This chapter focuses on a qualitative study, discusses how South Asian young people with impairment sustain and negotiate different identity claims. The broad aim of the research was to provide a detailed understanding of how young Asian people make sense of their disability, within the broader social context. Asian disabled young people have to balance the need to exercise control over their lives with a sense of mutuality, interdependence and ability to reciprocate. The sense of independence of young Asian people in the UK is informed by how they make sense of their ethnic and religious culture within the broader British culture to which they are also exposed. Female moral identities are perceived as being more easily damaged and less easy to repair within South Asian communities, having consequences for the individual and the family and affecting marriage prospects.