This path-breaking Handbook of Disability Studies signals the emergence of a vital new area of scholarship, social policy and activism. Drawing on the insights of disability scholars around the world and the creative advice of an international editorial board, the book engages the reader in the critical issues and debates framing disability studies and places them in an historical and cultural context. Five years in the making, this one volume summarizes the ongoing discourse ranging across continents and traditional academic disciplines. The Handbook answers the need expressed by the disability community for a thought provoking, interdisciplinary, international examination of the vibrant field of disability
Chapter 10: Disability and the Sociology of the Body
Disability and the Sociology of the Body
Introduction: Two Sociological Traditions
The issue of disability had been until recently somewhat neglected within both mainstream sociology (Ingstad and White 1995) and the humanities (Mitchell and Snyder 1997). In addition, classical studies of the cultural meanings of the body and ...