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.
While the social model of disability has been very effective at campaigning for the full inclusion of disabled people as active citizens, some feminists within Disability Studies have argued that the focus on the public barriers ‘out there’ has neglected the impact of [Page 123]disabling barriers that operate at a more personal inner level. Drawing on the UPIAS statement which underpins the social model of disability, Thomas (2007) has produced an extended social relational definition of disablism which includes reference to both the public and private forms of social oppression: ‘Disablism is a form of social oppression involving the social imposition of restrictions of activity on people with impairments and the socially engendered undermining of their psycho-emotional well-being’ (Thomas 2007: 73, my emphasis).