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The changing terrain of disability studies

ByAlan Roulstone, Carol Thomas, Nick Watson

Disability studies is at a crossroads. From its political foundations and early theoretical formulations in the late 1960s and early 1970s it has now become recognized as an academic discipline in its own right. It is available as a core subject of study at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and has firmly established national and international organizations that hold their own academic conferences, including the Society for Disability Studies (SDS) in the United States (US), the Disability Studies Association (DSA) in the United Kingdom (UK), the Nordic Network of Disability Research (NNDR) and the Academic Network of European Disability Experts (ANED). There also exist a range of international, peer reviewed academic journals rooted in disability studies, including Disability & Society, the Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, Disability Studies Quarterly, ALTER – the European Journal of Disability Research and the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies.