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Social inclusion of disabled performers in the performing arts: a case from Turkiye

Collins, A, Fillis, I and Goknil Sanal, Z (2023) Social inclusion of disabled performers in the performing arts: a case from Turkiye. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal. ISSN 0261-0159

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The purpose of this paper is to develop an understanding for the social inclusion of disabled performers in a developing country to create awareness and improve policies/practices.

The study employed qualitative methodology, and data were collected through semi-structured interviews, site visits/observations and review of secondary data.

The data from different respondent groups showed the social inclusion should be reviewed at three levels: the state, society and individual. The review of existing policies revealed the neglect of the state regarding disabled people in general and even more so in performing arts due to the lack of enforcement of national and international agreements. Findings indicate that social inclusion of disabled performers is a minor issue, especially in a developing country where access to basic human rights and needs may be difficult. Amidst such difficulties, performing arts is not seen as a priority compared to other needs of disabled people and performers.

Research limitations/implications
Limitations include the limited number of disabled performers who could be identified and were willing to participate in the study. Those working in venues/public offices were also reluctant to participate. The greatest limitation was the broad lack of interest in disabled performers.

In Türkiye, studies on disabled people tend to focus on basic needs like health, education and employment. None, to best of researchers' knowledge, explore the social inclusion of disabled performers. This is an original study because it collects and discusses primary data on this topic, revealing the state-level negligence/oversight, the apathy of society and the degree to which an individual with disabilities must struggle to participate in performing arts. Consequently, this study shows the difficulty of developing social inclusion, equality and diversity in an emerging economy for disabled performers to raise awareness and present grounds for further legal enforcement. Moreover, implications allow for a global understanding of social inclusion that moves beyond a biased or privileged understanding/critique of disability centered on the developed world.

Item Type: Article
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Disability, Disabled performers, Performing arts, Social inclusion; 1503 Business and Management; 1608 Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Divisions: Doctoral Management Studies (from Sep 19)
Publisher: Emerald
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2023 15:53
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2023 15:53
DOI or ID number: 10.1108/EDI-02-2022-0054
Editors: Ng, Eddy
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/19248
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