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dc.contributor.authorRathwell, Jessica
dc.date.accessioned2011-05-17T17:35:14Z
dc.date.available2011-05-17T17:35:14Z
dc.date.issued2011-05-17
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10464/3369
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this project was to discern the inherent tension present in narratives told by adolescents with a visual impairment as they attempted to make sense of their experiences, specifically those surrounding risk. Mediated action, based on the foundational work of Vygotsky and Bakhtin, was used as both a theoretical and methodological approach; it is the theory that there are two components that constitute any human action: the "agent," or the person who is doing the acting, and the "mediational means" that he or she is using to accomplish the action in question. Tension ensues as neither is able to fully explain human behaviour. Ten adolescents with a visual impairment participated in a narrative interview, revealing numerous counter-narratives surrounding risk-taking, including "experimentation undertaken using good judgment." Participants offered examples of how they engaged, appropriated, resisted and transformed the dominant narratives of disability and adolescence in their identity formation.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherBrock Universityen_US
dc.subjectRisk-taking (Psychology)en_US
dc.subjectTeenagers with visual disabilitiesen_US
dc.subjectRisk -- Sociological aspectsen_US
dc.titleMediated action, narratives of risk-taking, and identity formation in adolescents with a visual impairmenten_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesis or Dissertationen_US
dc.degree.nameM.A. Child and Youth Studiesen_US
dc.degree.levelMastersen_US
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment ofChild and Youth Studiesen_US
dc.degree.disciplineFaculty of Social Sciencesen_US


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