Recognition in Special Needs Education, Inclusive Education and Disability Studies

  • Franziska FelderEmail author
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Although recognition theory has not achieved much prominence in special needs education, inclusive education and disability studies, philosophers who focus on oppression, marginalisation or discrimination often rely on recognition-theoretical authors. These authors include Judith Butler, Nancy Fraser, Iris Marion Young and Michel Foucault. The article suggests that a model proposed by Heikki Ikäheimo is most useful for discussing important aspects of recognition in the above mentioned areas. Also, it suggests that both Axel Honneth’s and Charles Taylor’s theoretical contributions to recognition theory deserve more attention in the fields of special needs education, inclusive education and disability studies.


Inclusive education Special needs education Disability studies Disability Recognition Discrimination 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Universität ZürichZürichSchweiz

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