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The rhetoric of disability: a dramatistic-narrative analysis of One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest

Kris Rutten (UGent) , Griet Roets (UGent) , Rudi Roose (UGent) and Ronald Soetaert (UGent)
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In this article the authors introduce a rhetorical perspective into disability studies by exploring the work of Kenneth Burke (1969). Specifically, the focus is on how Burke's theory of dramatism can be used in disability research as well as in teaching disability studies, as it holds potential for the production of a diversity of social interpretations of the relationship between 'impairment', 'disability' and a disabling society. The focus shifts to Burke's dramatistic pentad and the concept of circumference as possible tools for teaching social work students to deal with ambiguity in their prospective practice. The authors discuss how a rhetorical analysis of 'mental health problems' in the seminal movie, One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, has been introduced in a Master's degree course on cultural studies for social work students at Ghent University, Belgium. In conclusion, the relevance of a rhetorical perspective for social work students is discussed, in order to orient and reorient their prospective practice, based on a diversity of social interpretations of 'impairment' and 'disability'.
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One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Kenneth Burke, Rhetoric, Disability, SOCIAL-WORK

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Rutten, Kris, Griet Roets, Rudi Roose, et al. “The Rhetoric of Disability: a Dramatistic-narrative Analysis of One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” CRITICAL ARTS-SOUTH-NORTH CULTURAL AND MEDIA STUDIES 26.5 (2012): 631–647. Print.
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Rutten, Kris, Roets, G., Roose, R., & Soetaert, R. (2012). The rhetoric of disability: a dramatistic-narrative analysis of One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest. CRITICAL ARTS-SOUTH-NORTH CULTURAL AND MEDIA STUDIES, 26(5), 631–647.
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Rutten, Kris, Griet Roets, Rudi Roose, and Ronald Soetaert. 2012. “The Rhetoric of Disability: a Dramatistic-narrative Analysis of One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” Critical Arts-south-north Cultural and Media Studies 26 (5): 631–647.
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Rutten, Kris, Griet Roets, Rudi Roose, and Ronald Soetaert. 2012. “The Rhetoric of Disability: a Dramatistic-narrative Analysis of One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” Critical Arts-south-north Cultural and Media Studies 26 (5): 631–647.
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Rutten K, Roets G, Roose R, Soetaert R. The rhetoric of disability: a dramatistic-narrative analysis of One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest. CRITICAL ARTS-SOUTH-NORTH CULTURAL AND MEDIA STUDIES. 2012;26(5):631–47.
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K. Rutten, G. Roets, R. Roose, and R. Soetaert, “The rhetoric of disability: a dramatistic-narrative analysis of One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” CRITICAL ARTS-SOUTH-NORTH CULTURAL AND MEDIA STUDIES, vol. 26, no. 5, pp. 631–647, 2012.
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  author       = {Rutten, Kris and Roets, Griet and Roose, Rudi and Soetaert, Ronald},
  issn         = {0256-0046},
  journal      = {CRITICAL ARTS-SOUTH-NORTH CULTURAL AND MEDIA STUDIES},
  keywords     = {One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest,Kenneth Burke,Rhetoric,Disability,SOCIAL-WORK},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {5},
  pages        = {631--647},
  title        = {The rhetoric of disability: a dramatistic-narrative analysis of One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02560046.2012.744720},
  volume       = {26},
  year         = {2012},
}

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