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.

The Descriptive Element of Explanatory Legitimacy Theory

The descriptive element of explanatory legitimacy theory

In this chapter, we explore the descriptive element of Explanatory Legitimacy Theory. As we introduced in Chapter 1, description focuses its attention on what is and thus provides clarity about what is being discussed and debated with regard to defining disability. Three essentials—activity, appearance, and experience—comprise description. Because Explanatory Legitimacy seeks to provide a clear language for considering and debating equivalent concepts and principles, we have distinguished these three elements from one another to further disambiguate dialogue.

  • Activity is defined as performance or movement. It comprises what people do, how they do it, and conversely what they do not do throughout their lives. By do not do we refer to what is missing ...
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