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.

Legitimate Humanities Responses

Legitimate humanities responses

In previous chapters, we have discussed the role of the natural sciences in legitimately determining and responding to disability, particularly given the hegemony of these disciplines as the theoretical foundation of medicine and thus medical-diagnostic explanations of disability. This chapter explores the current and future potential of humanities to illuminate disability legitimacy and responses. First, we start with a definition of the humanities. The Free Dictionary (Farlex, 2010c) defines humanities as:

  • The study of classical languages and classical literature
  • The Latin and Greek classics as a field of study
  • Literature, philosophy, art, and so forth, as distinguished from the natural sciences
  • The study of literature, philosophy, art, and so forth

These definitional elements refer to humanities in its classical sense, the ...

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