This timely and assured text provides lecturers and students with a well informed, penetrating analysis of the key questions in medicine and society. The book is divided into three sections. It opens with a well judged account of the context of health and illness. It moves on to examine the process and experience of illness. Finally, it examines how health care is negotiated and delivered.

The Process of Disability

The process of disability

Chapter Summary

This chapter describes:

  • how the onset of impairment during adult life has different implications for identity compared with the effects of congenital disorders;
  • how a debilitating impairment does not necessarily lead to the development of an identity as a disabled person;
  • how the social model of disability dissociates an individual's bodily impairment from the disabling effects of social, economic and attitudinal barriers to participation;
  • how a cultural model denies that an atypical body is necessarily impaired and considers positive aspects of difference;
  • how cultural and social models challenge individualist views of disability but overlook the role of stigma and pain and the uncertainty and instability of progressive disorders;
  • how designing services that offer people with disability the ...
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