Presenting fully integrative text covering disability from a variety of disciplines

This innovative text first reviews existing theories, then sets forth a new viewpoint that incorporates elements from disability studies, sociology, human services, rehabilitation counseling, and public health. Authors Elizabeth DePoy and Stephen French Gilson explore the history of disability with a focus on both Western and non-Western cultures, examine the historical conceptions of disability and how they have affected the lives and civil rights of the disabled, and explore a wide range of both classic and new and emerging theories. The book concludes with a section on application of theory to practice and policy in the professional and public realm and the recommendation of a socially just community.

Contemporary and Emerging Explanations

Contemporary and emerging explanations

We have discussed many contemporary explanations of disability in previous chapters, some from traditional disciplinary foundations (e.g., biology, longitudinal approaches, anthropology) and some from interdisciplinary fields (e.g., systems theory, network and complexity, categorical approaches). In this chapter, we delve into the world of disability explanations that can be framed within postmodern and post-postmodern lenses, or those that locate descriptions and explanations of humans within multidisciplinary domains. Contemporary disability scholars have welcomed and applied these theories to explaining disability from varied perspectives, which have significant potential to provoke intellectual and praxis change. Some explanations (particularly in the postmodern genre) highlight symbols, networks, cyber-phenomena, constructions, and human rights abrogations while others that we locate in post-postmodernist thought integrate what might ...

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