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.




In 2008, Jane Campbell, then Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Disability Committee in England, argued in favour of an end to single-identity politics of the disabled people's movement, which had long been defended on the basis of commonality of oppression (Finkelstein 1993). Instead, Campbell spoke about diversity of disabled people and their common interests with other disadvantaged groups in overcoming societal barriers and seeking redress for injustice. Her speech unsurprisingly led to considerable debate in the UK disabled people's movement. It also reflected the progress that disabled people had made in the past two decades and a confidence in the future. Six months later the financial crisis began and with it a period of retrenchment and welfare spending cuts. In this new ...

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