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Social geographies of learning disability: narratives of exclusion and inclusion

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The social geographies of people with learning disabilities, one of the most marginalized groups in society, have largely been ignored. The paper explores these hidden geographies through the interpretation of narratives of people with learning disabilities in Scotland, within a social policy framework of social exclusion and inclusion. The paper interprets the experiences of being excluded from and included within mainstream socio-spaces, and the safe spaces that many people with learning disabilities have formed for themselves in between the positions of social exclusion and inclusion.

Keywords: Scotland; learning disability; narrative; safe spaces; social exclusion; social inclusion

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh EH12 8TS, Email:

Publication date: September 1, 2004


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