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Disability by Colin Barnes
Book DescriptionFor most of the twentieth century, people with disabilities have been regarded as 'victims' of their condition and a 'burden' on society. More recently, however, disabled people and their organizations across Europe and North America have challenged conventional explanations for their individual and collective disadvantage, calling for policy measures to change the image and status of disabled people in the Western world. In this new book, Barnes and Mercer provide a concise and accessible introduction to the concept of disability. Drawing on a burgeoning 'disability studies' literature from around the world, and from a range of disciplinary perspectives, the authors explore the evolution of this concept and offer a wide-ranging critique of established academic, policy and professional orthodoxies. The book highlights disabled peoples' exclusion and marginalization in key areas of social activity and participation across different historical and cultural contexts, such as family life and reproduction, education, employment, leisure, cultural imagery and politics. The analysis concentrates on disability as a distinctive form of social oppression similar to that experienced by women, minority ethnic and 'racial' groups, and lesbians and gay men. Key issues addressed include: theorizing disability; historical and comparative perspectives; experiencing impairment and disability; professional and policy intervention in the lives of disabled people; disability politics, social policy and citizenship; and disability culture. This will be essential reading for those studying sociology, social policy, social work, health studies, disability studies, and those in the therapy and nursing professions.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780745625089
(216mm x 140mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 12-Dec-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Colin Barnes
Disabling Barriers, Enabling Environments, Paperback (November 2013)
Suitable for anyone coming to the subject of disability studies, this book tackles a wide range of issues in numerous succinct chapters written by contributing authors, many of whom are disabled themselves.
New Politics of Disablement, Paperback (April 2012)
Disability luminary Mike Oliver is joined by Colin Barnes in this agenda-setting response to a capitalist society faced with globalisation, financial instability and lower public expenditure. A timely new edition which reignites the debate on the nature of disability and reasserts the political power of the academic field of disability studies.
Exploring Disability, Paperback (March 2010)
The second edition of this widely used text has been carefully rewritten to ensure that it is up-to-date with cutting-edge debates, evidence, and policy changes.
Disability, Paperback (December 2002)» View all books by Colin Barnes
For most of the twentieth century, people with disabilities have been regarded as a victimsa of their condition and a a burdena on society.
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Author Biography - Colin Barnes
Colin Barnes is Professor of Disability Studies and Geof Mercer is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Social Polity at the University of Leeds
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