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 32: Narrative
Most importantly, disability is a life that is lived. It is lived in the midst of the meanings given to it. The meaning of disability is given whenever we speak of it, act upon it, or even think of it. To say anything about disability is to tell something of the life of disability – its meaning – and ‘to tell’ is the Latin root-meaning of ‘narrative’. Disability, then, always has a narrative form; insofar as we say, do, or imagine something about disability, it is a storied life.
Sometimes, people are aware that they are presenting disability in a narrative form, as in disability arts and culture (Cameron 2007). More often, though, the life of disability is told in such a way that ...