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 order to explain clearly what is meant when disability is named an oppressive social relationship (UPIAS 1976), it might be helpful to explore what is meant by ‘oppression’. We may initially think of oppression as involving the subjugation of one group by another through, for example, the exercise of physical coercion. New social movements that developed in the second half of the twentieth century, including the feminist movement, the black civil rights movement and the disabled people's movement have, however, reframed the term to give it a structural meaning.

Young has described structural oppression as involving ‘the disadvantage and injustice some people suffer not because a tyrannical power coerces them, but because of the everyday practices of a well-intentioned liberal society’ (1990: 41).

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