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.




Personalisation has been manifested in a range of self-directed social polices including direct payments, individual budgets, personal budgets and person-centred planning. Personalisation as an idea has been interpreted variously to be a valued response to bureaucratised and professionally dominated services (Leadbeater 2008; Stainton and Boyce 2004), to be a mode of personal control over everyday decisions (Carr 2008; Duffy 2007) and as an aspect of a neo-liberal project of responsibilising all forms of social policy (Ferguson 2007). How then can personalised approaches be critiqued, as they are surely an unobjectionable ‘apple pie’ development in the social relations of support? Well, Beresford recently warned against the term personalisation being seen as a new, inherently progressive and irreversible development and language, especially where adequate funding might not ...

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