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Participation of Individuals with Disabilities in Political Activities: Voices from Jordan

Zahraa Jamel Rahahleh, Mizyed AbdelFattah Hyassat, AbdelLatif Khalaf Alramamneh, Obaid Abdalkarim Sabayleh, Ra’ad AbdEl Kareem Al-Awamleh and Azeez Ahmad Alrahamneh

Pertanika Journal of Social Science and Humanities, Volume 29, Issue 1, March 2021

DOI: https://doi.org/10.47836/pjssh.29.1.19

Published: 26 March 2021

This qualitative study examines the participation of individuals with disabilities in political activities in Jordan: a topic on which there is little existing literature despite its capacity to promote successful social integration. Data for this study was gathered by conducting sixteen semi-structured interviews with individuals with disabilities and was then examined collectively using thematic analysis, in the context of related literature and medical and social models of disability. The resulting findings revealed that the most prevalent obstacles that people with disabilities encountered regarding participating in political activities were poor communication, their own negative attitudes towards politics and politicians, and inaccessible physical environments.

ISSN 0128-7702

e-ISSN 2231-8534

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