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.

Integrative Academic-Professional Stance Through Disjuncture Theory

Integrative academic-professional stance through disjuncture theory

As promised, this chapter advances synthetic theory and illustrates its application to informed and integrated multiple academic and professional masters.

Until now, the majority of our discussion has indulged in analysis of diverse explanatory approaches that precede legitimate determination and response to disability. Perhaps one major advantage of “the good ole days” of monism is that answers from a single perspective can be more easily found, rather than searching for them within a yet to be assembled mosaic of ideas that are awaiting ordering and logical application. However, as we discussed, our universe is in flux and in desperate need of contemporary ideas to guide complex issues of disability legitimacy as well as to counter ...

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