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Identity research is at the heart of many trans-disciplinary research centers around the world. No single social science discipline `owns' identity research and The SAGE Handbook of Identities draws on a global scholarship to cover in four parts its: Frameworks: presents the main theoretical and methodological perspectives in identities research.Formations: covers the major formative forces for identities such as culture, globalization, migratory patterns, biology and so on.Categories: reviews research on the core social categories which are central to identity such as ethnicity, gender, sexuality, disability and social class and intersections between these.Sites and Context: develops a series of case studies of crucial sites and contexts where identity is at stake such as social movements, relationships and family life, work-places and environments and citizenship.

Never Fixed: Modernity and Disability Identities
Never fixed: Modernity and disability identities

Contemporary disability identity has emerged in the US and western world in concert with institutional, legislative, and material changes that have defined disability as a civil rights issue and have mandated integration of people with disabilities into previously segregated spaces. In contrast, our collective understanding of disability has been that it is a pathological condition to be addressed by medical treatment. These transformations in thinking and practice wrought by the larger civil rights movement, which includes the disability rights movement, reframed disability as a politicized social identity and people with disabilities as a minority group that has been subjected to discrimination and exclusion from full rights (Shapiro, 1993).

The concept of disability as a social ...

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