This textbook brings together a wide range of expert voices from the field of disability studies and the disabled people's movement to tackle the essential topics relevant to this area of study. From the outset disability is discussed from a social model perspective, demonstrating how future practice and discourse could break down barriers and lead to more equal relationships for disabled people in everyday life.
An interdisciplinary and broad-ranging text, the book includes 50 chapters on topics relevant across health and social care. Reflective questions and suggestions for further reading throughout will help readers gain a critical appreciation of the subject and expand their knowledge.
This will be valuable reading for students and professionals across disability studies, health, nursing, social work, social care, social policy and sociology.
While social scientists and sociologists have been researching disability since at least the 1950s (Barnes 2014), much of this research has been criticised by Disability Studies academics for taking an unexamined medical model as its foundation. That is, it is based on the view that disability and disadvantage are the direct outcomes of impairment. This can be seen, for example, in a series of questions developed during the 1980s by the UK Office of Censuses and Population Surveys (OPCS) to gather information about the lives of disabled people:
- Are your difficulties in understanding others mainly due to a hearing problem?
- Does your health problem/disability prevent you from going out as often or as far as you would like?
- Does your health problem/disability affect your work in ...