Dis/Ability Arts and Systemic Innovation in the UK and Sweden

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This paper explores the normative and epistemic effects of dis/ability arts organisations in the UK and Sweden, when theorised as systemic innovations. Using an aesthetic philosophy of kynicism, this paper identifies disruptive potential in three case-study organisations within the settings of health, social care, and the arts. Data from interviews and/or presentations with managers from Moomsteatern (SE), Teater Interakt (SE), and Breathe Magic (UK) is analysed within a 'social model' of dis/ability, and finds the existing discourse of innovation inadequate. The resulting discussion identifies validations of the speech, expertise and bodily autonomy of persons of dis/abilities within hybrid organisational settings.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Social Entrepreneurship
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 Jul 2020


  • Disability
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • systemic innovation
  • arts
  • aeshetics

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