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Simon Popple, Andrew Prescott, and Daniel Mutibwa

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781447341895

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447341895.001.0001

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The public and the relational: the collaborative practices of the Inclusive Archive of Learning Disability History

The public and the relational: the collaborative practices of the Inclusive Archive of Learning Disability History

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Communities, Archives and New Collaborative Practices
Author(s):

Helen Graham

Victoria Green

Kassie Headon

Nigel Ingham

Sue Ledger

Andy Minnion

Row Richards

Liz Tilley

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447341895.003.0016

This chapter discusses the Inclusive Archive of Learning Disability History. It points to a collaborative relationship between the political ideas derived from public political logics — public service, public sphere, ‘on behalf of the public’ and for posterity — and those that derive from relational and personal-centred politics. Rather than favouring one or the other, the chapter argues that for an archive to be an archive, and for it to be an inclusive one, an approach to archival practice that held both the public and the relational political traditions in dialogue needed to be developed. Both political traditions have a history of being very effectively expressed in the learning disability self-advocacy movement as speaking up and being heard, and of arguing for services to start with the individual by being more ‘person-centered’. As such, the chapter reveals that the task of this archive is to explore fruitful combinations and collaborations between the two political traditions.

Keywords:   Archive of Learning Disability History, public political logics, person-centred politics, archival practice, public political traditions, relational political traditions, learning disability, self-advocacy

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