chapter  10
Towards an enabling geography
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This concluding chapter has two aims: first, to recapitulate the theoretical and empirical arguments of the book; and second, to consider the ways in which the discipline of Geography might play an enabling role in disabled people’s struggles for justice and respect. Although I focus here on the potential for an ‘enabling Geography’, I think that the remarks made apply readily to the other spatial disciplines that have at times been addressed in the book. Simply put, disablement is a profoundly spatial experience, meaning something that is lived and produced at every imaginable scale, ranging from a chair or stairway through to the macro policy realms that constitute state institutional practice. As such, disability spills beyond what has traditionally been codified as the bounds of geographic enquiry. As I have tried to show, it is a spatial perspective, rather than simply geographical knowledge, that has been lacking from established debates on disability within the social sciences and the humanities. Architects, urban planners and environmentalists can and must contribute to a wider debate on the production and transformation of disabling social spaces.