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 29: Language
Language matters for our understanding of disability because it is through the words we use that our expectations and assumptions are shaped. These, in turn, impact upon the extent to which people are valued. The language we use has material impact upon the ways and the extent to which people are treated and valued. The language we use is not a trivial question about what is, or is not, ‘politically correct’; the language we use has material impact upon the lives we all lead (Titchkosky 2008).
There are global differences in what language is preferred around disability. One of the great debates is the choice between ‘disabled people’ and ‘people with disabilities’ (Swain et al 2003). In the UK the preferred term, used by ...