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.
It might be helpful in defining Disability Studies to state, first of all, what it is not. Disability Studies does not involve the study of bodies or ‘conditions’. Just as Women's Studies does not involve the study of women's biology to critique the social construction and experience of gender and gender inequality, neither does Disability Studies regard impairment as being a relevant starting point for the analysis of disabling social relations. Disability Studies does not deal with how to ‘care’ for disabled people. Rather, it offers a distinct critical perspective on the mechanisms society has used to exclude disabled people and on how these can be challenged.
Disability Studies emerged as a discipline in the UK through the research and teaching ...