ABSTRACT

This book provides a valuable route map to the development of thinking in disability studies over the last eighteen years. It includes over twenty essential articles from the journal Disability and Society, written by many of the leading authors in the field from the UK, the USA, Australia and Europe. 

Compiled by the current editors of the journal, it is divided into three sections which mirror the three central themes: 

  • disability studies – clearly illustrates the debates and challenges that have emerged within the field over the last two decades  
  • policy – offers a snapshot of social policy that has impinged on the lives of disabled people in many parts of the world
  • research issues – reveals the inequalities between disabled and non-disabled people and the advocacy of new methods and research practices.  

The editors’ specially written introduction to each section contextualises the selection and introduces students to the main issues and current thinking in the field. Altogether this book is a rich source of ideas and insights covering conceptual, theoretical, empirical and cross-cultural issues and questions.

part |2 pages

PART I Disability studies

chapter |4 pages

Introduction

ByCOLIN BARNES, CAROL THOMAS

chapter 1|14 pages

Social policy and disability: Some theoretical issues

ByMIKE OLIVER

chapter 3|16 pages

Women with disabilities: Two handicaps plus

ByWILLIAM JOHN HANNA AND BETSY ROGOVSKY

chapter 4|17 pages

Disabled people’s self-organisation: A new social movement?

ByTOM SHAKESPEARE

chapter 5|21 pages

Eugenics and disability discrimination

ByDAVID PFEIFFER

part |2 pages

PART II Policy

chapter |4 pages

Introduction

BySALLY FRENCH, JOHN SWAIN

chapter 10|12 pages

Disability and Afghan reconstruction: some policy issues

ByM . MILES

chapter 11|12 pages

Disabled people, service users, user involvement and representation

ByPETER BERESFORD, JANE CAMPBELL

chapter 12|9 pages

Disabled people in a newly industrialising economy: Opportunities and challenges in Malaysia

ByDENISON JAYASOORIA, BATHMAVATHI KRISHNAN

chapter 13|16 pages

The disability rights movement in Japan: Past, present and future

ByREIKO HAYASHI, MASAKO OKUHIRA

part |2 pages

PART III Research issues

chapter |3 pages

Introduction

ByMICHELE MOORE, LEN BARTON

chapter 16|16 pages

Changing the social relations of research production?

ByMIKE OLIVER

chapter 18|13 pages

Race and disability: Just a double oppression?

ByO . W . STUART