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.




Human existence is an ambiguous experience. Against a backdrop of awareness of our own finitude, each of us is confronted with the task of trying to make sense of who we are in the social, economic and cultural situations in which we find ourselves. We become who we are, for good or bad, through the decisions and choices we make and in terms of the way we deal with the identities ascribed and the opportunities available to us. Yet in different situations within each of our lives the meaning and point of who we are will be called into question. Illness, bereavement, accident and frailty are always possibilities.

While many meanings have been given to the term, I want here to draw on Schmitt's description ...

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