From ABCs to ADHD

The role of schooling in the construction of behaviour disorder and production of disorderly objects

Linda J. Graham

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    Abstract

    Discussion of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in the media, and thus much popular discourse, typically revolves around the possible causes of disruptive behaviour and the 'behaviourally disordered' child. The usual suspectstoo much television and video games, food additives, bad parenting, a lack of discipline, and single mothersfeature prominently as potential contributors to the spiralling rate of ADHD diagnosis in Western industrialized nations, especially the USA and Australia. Conspicuously absent from the field of investigation, however, is the scene of schooling and the influence that the discourses and practices of schooling might bring to bear upon the constitution of 'disorderly behaviour' and subsequent recognition of particular children as a particular kind of 'disorderly'. This paper reviews a sample of the literature surrounding ADHD in order to question the function of this absence and, ultimately, make an argument for an interrogation of the school as a site for the production of disorderly objects.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)7-33
    Number of pages27
    JournalInternational Journal of Inclusive Education
    Volume12
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

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