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Disability and ethnicity: how young Asian disabled people make sense of their lives

ByKarl Atkin, Yasmin Hussain

If debates about identity are complex, they are perhaps more so for disabled people from minority ethnic groups. They may wish to identify with different religious and cultural values to those of the wider society (Modood et al. 1994). The experience of disability in which they are struggling to reconcile the inability of the wider society to accommodate difference, while maintaining a positive identity, further complicates the situation (Oliver 1996). This chapter, based on a qualitative study, discusses how South Asian young people with an impairment sustain and negotiate different identity claims. We begin our account by outlining some key themes, with which we contextualise our empirical findings. We then describe our specific aims before discussing how we carried out the study. This leads us into our empirical account in which we explore the narratives of disabled young people, their parents and siblings.