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Disability, Riding and Identity: A Qualitative Study on the Influence of Riding on the Identity Construction of People with Disabilities
Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, GIH, Department of Sport and Health Sciences, Sport History Research Group.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8501-8987
2014 (English)In: International journal of disability, development and education, ISSN 1034-912X, E-ISSN 1465-346X, Vol. 61, no 1, 67-79 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Semi-structured face-to-face interviews were used to examine the influence of riding on the identity construction of people with disabilities. The 15 participants, three men and 12 women, were between 15 and 65 years old and have various physical disabilities. The data analysis derives from identity theory, a social–psychological theory that understands identity as an interaction between the individual and society. The findings show that: the informants either acquire a new identity as a rider or they resume with the rider identity they had before their illness or accident; riding offers a link to their previous lives; and riding helps to focus on what the informants can do, and not, as this group is often viewed by society, on what they cannot do. The findings thus show that riding can influence the identity construction of people with disabilities.

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2014. Vol. 61, no 1, 67-79 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:gih:diva-3263DOI: 10.1080/1034912X.2014.878543OAI: oai:DiVA.org:gih-3263DiVA: diva2:706420
Available from: 2014-03-20 Created: 2014-03-20 Last updated: 2017-01-11Bibliographically approved

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