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.



Disabled people have long been regarded as fair game for comedy. Clark (2003) has drawn attention to examples of the way they have been ridiculed, describing Shakespearian ‘Fool’ characters, public visits to Bedlam and other eighteenth-century ‘mental’ institutions, and numerous stereotyped characters with ‘amusing’ impairments in modern TV sitcoms. Stand-up comedians continue to find disabled people easy targets for cheap laughs (Delingpole 2012). While disability is often still regarded as an acceptable subject for humour, little is heard about the distinctive humour that has emerged from disabled people's own subculture (Barnes 1992). This in itself is unsurprising as disability culture is a suppressed culture, struggling to establish itself in the face of non-disabled hegemony.

Mainstream ways of thinking about disability, associating impairment with personal tragedy, might ...

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