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.
Chapter 14: Discrimination
At its most basic level, discrimination is about the identification of difference. This is an ordinary and uncontroversial part of life. When we decide every day what clothes to wear or what food to eat we discriminate in favour of some things over others. As Thompson puts it, we would experience major difficulty if we were unable to distinguish between, say, safety and danger or friendship and hostility (Thompson 2010: 5). There is nothing inherently wrong in identifying differences, moreover, between, for example, men and women, black or white, young and old or disabled and non-disabled people. Difference is what makes humanity diverse and interesting. In the context of Disability Studies and disabled people's lives, however, discrimination becomes a problem when difference forms the basis ...