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Presenting fully integrative text covering disability from a variety of disciplines

This innovative text first reviews existing theories, then sets forth a new viewpoint that incorporates elements from disability studies, sociology, human services, rehabilitation counseling, and public health. Authors Elizabeth DePoy and Stephen French Gilson explore the history of disability with a focus on both Western and non-Western cultures, examine the historical conceptions of disability and how they have affected the lives and civil rights of the disabled, and explore a wide range of both classic and new and emerging theories. The book concludes with a section on application of theory to practice and policy in the professional and public realm and the recommendation of a socially just community.

A Model of Community Legitimacy: Creating Human-Environment Juncture
A model of community legitimacy: Creating human-environment juncture

The final chapter of the book presents an ideal in which disjuncture theory is used to provoke conversation, debate and propose socially just synthetic thinking, and initiate action to disability categorization and response.

In our last book on disability, we referred to Robin Kelley, a biographer of social activists. Since this wisdom is timeless, once again we return to Kelley's sage advice to be critical for the sake of learning while keeping our vision of what should be (Kelley, in DePoy & Gilson, 2004). Throughout this book, we have presented issues and debates about disability from the perspective of Explanatory Legitimacy. We critically discussed diverse explanatory theories of disability and linked ...

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