Disability and Social Theory: New Developments and Directions

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Dan Goodley, Bill Hughes, Lennard Davis
Palgrave Macmillan, Jun 1, 2012 - Law - 348 pages
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This comprehensive, interdisciplinary collection examines disability from a theoretical perspective. Each chapter challenges dominant biological, individualistic and psychological views of disability, drawing on one or two theories (and theorists) to advance a sustained analysis of disability, impairment and society. Throughout, social theories of disability intersect with other transformative ideas around sex/gender, race/ethnicity, class, sexuality and nation, engaging with ideas from poststructuralism, phenomenology, psychoanalysis, postcolonialism, Marxism, feminisms and queer theory to recast disabled bodies-and-minds as psychosocial, cultural and political phenomena. The book includes contributions from established writers as well as new, emerging and exciting scholars in the field of critical disability studies, with authors writing from a host of disciplines including legal studies, psychology, sociology, development studies, dance, education, philosophy and women's studies. Through its detailed analysis of the conditions of disablism, the text also argues for the celebration of more affirmative views of impairment, disability and disabled identities.


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THEO BLACKMORE Strategic Liaison Manager for Disability Cornwall, UK ROSI BRAIDOTTI Distinguished Professor in the Humanities and Director of the Centre for the Humanities at Utrecht University, The Netherlands FIONA KUMARI CAMPBELL Associate Professor & Deputy Head of Griffith Law School, Australia TSITSI CHATAIKA Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Stellenbosch University, South Africa CAROLYN FROHMADER is the Executive Director of Women With Disabilities Australia, Australia ANITA GHAI Associate Professor, Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi, India SHAUN GRECH Research Associate at the Research Institute for Health and Social Change (RIHSC), Manchester Metropolitan University, UK MARK HAYDON-LAURELUT Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Portsmouth, UK REBECCA LAWTHOM Associate Professor in Community Practice at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK STEPHEN LEE HODGKINS Director of Disability LIB, UK REBECCA MALLETT Senior Lecturer in Disability Studies at Sheffield Hallam University, UK EIMIR MCGRATH is a Researcher at London Metropolitan University, UK HELEN MEEKOSHKA Associate Professor in the School of Social Work, University of South Wales, Australia KARL NUNKOOSING Principal Lecturer at the Department of Psychology, University of Portsmouth, UK JAMES OVERBOE Associate Professor in Sociology at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada DONNA REEVE Honorary Research Fellow with the Centre for Disability Research (CeDR) and Applied Social Science at Lancaster University, UK GRIET ROETS Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Social Welfare Studies, Ghent University, Belgium KATHERINE RUNSWICK-COLE Research Fellow in Disability Studies and Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK