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Disability Studies

Disability Studies
An Interdisciplinary Introduction

Second Edition

January 2017 | 296 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Passionate, engaging and challenging, this second edition of the ground-breaking Disability Studies: An Interdisciplinary Introduction is a contemporary introduction to this diverse and complex field.

Taking an interdisciplinary and critical approach, the book:

  • examines a diverse range of theories and perspectives and engages with current debates in the field
  • explores key areas of analysis, with chapters devoted to the individual, society, community and education
  • applies a global perspective encompassing examples from the UK, Australia, Scandinavia, the US, and Canada.

Encouraging and stimulating readers using thought-provoking questions, exercises and activities, Disability Studies is a rich and rewarding read for students and researchers engaging with disability across the social sciences.


Preface: Introducing a new edition
Beginnings: Conceptualising disability in a global world
Politics: Key debates and contestations in disability studies
Differences: Disability, gender, race, sexuality and social class
Society: Towards a sociology of disability
Individuals: The psychological manufacture of the disabled individual
Subjectivity: Finding critical psychologies of disability
Discourse: Exposing the constitution of dis/ability and impairment
Community: A DisHuman analysis of life, labour and activism
Education: Challenging neoliberal-ableist education through critical pedagogy
Futures: Four approaches and three key themes of critical disability studies

This is an excellent well written book that is particularly suitable for research students interested in disability and inclusion. It explores extensively the range of discourses impacting on contemporary understanding of disability and inclusion and the impact this consequently has on policy development. It is a very thought provoking read, that opens both historical and current concepts of disability.

Mrs Criona Madeline Blackburne
Early years Department, Portobello Institute
December 14, 2016

This text presents an extremely diverse approach to disability studies and allows the reader to consider a range of contexts and social constructions as a means of informing knowledge. It presents a truly multi-disciplinary foundation for disability.

Ms Lorraine Anne Loveland-Armour
Department of Education, Newman University
October 6, 2016

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