Disability and Society: Emerging Issues and Insights

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Len Barton
Longman, 1996 - Sociology of Disability - 265 pages
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Policy and practice in relation to disability have been strongly influenced by medical and psychological ideas and interests. Disability and Society is unique in that it brings a sociological perspective to disability, drawing contributions from the key figures in the field. The contributors, both non-disabled and disabled, share a commitment to the development of a social theory of disability, one which places significance on viewing the material, social conditions and relations of society as disabling. This book is an important contribution to the current and often controversial debate, presenting the reader with a wealth of ideas and insights into the many issues involved, assessing the growth and achievements of sociology in relation to disability and suggesting areas for future development. Disability and Society is essential reading for undergraduate students of disability studies, as well as students taking more traditional courses in social policy, education, health studies and social work. It will also serve as an invaluable reference for activists and campaigners for disabled people and professionals in related fields.

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PART ONE Theoretical Developments
A sociology of disability or a disablist sociology?
Theories of disability and the origins of

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