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 his 1963 work on the subject (Goffman [1963] 1990), Goffman describes stigma in a number of ways. Stigma is an attribute which reduces a person in others’ minds from a whole and usual person to a tainted and discounted one (Goffman [1963] 1990: 12); an undesired difference from what had been anticipated by ‘normals’ (Goffman [1963] 1990: 15); the situation of the individual who is disqualified from full social acceptance (Goffman [1963] 1990: 9); and a special kind of relationship between attribute and stereotype (Goffman [1963] 1990: 14). If there is uncertainty about whether we are meant to regard stigma as referring to an attribute itself or to the way an attribute is perceived, Goffman explains that in modern contexts the term is ‘applied ...

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