This fully revised and expanded second edition of the Routledge Handbook of Disability Studies takes a multidisciplinary approach to disability and provides an authoritative and up-to-date overview of the main issues in the field around the world today. Adopting an international perspective and arranged thematically, it surveys the state of the discipline, examining emerging and cutting-edge areas as well as core areas of contention.

Divided in five parts, this comprehensive handbook covers:

  • Different models and approaches to disability.

  • How key impairment groups have engaged with disability studies and the writings within the discipline.

  • Policy and legislation responses to disability studies and to disability activism.

  • Disability studies and its interaction with other disciplines, such as history, philosophy, sport, and science and technology studies.

  • Disability studies and different life experiences, examining how disability and disability studies intersects with ethnicity, sexuality, gender, childhood and ageing.

Containing 15 revised chapters and 12 new chapters from an international selection of leading scholars, this authoritative handbook is an invaluable reference for all academics, researchers, and more advanced students in disability studies and associated disciplines such as sociology, health studies and social work.

Chapter 6 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at https://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license.

part I|141 pages

Theorising disability

chapter 1|11 pages

Disability studies

Into the multidisciplinary future
ByNick Watson, Simo Vehmas

chapter 2|18 pages

Understanding the social model of disability

Past, present and future
ByColin Barnes

chapter 3|13 pages

Critical disability studies

Rethinking the conventions for the age of postmodernity
ByMargrit Shildrick

chapter 4|10 pages

Minority model

From liberal to neoliberal futures of disability
ByDavid Mitchell, Sharon L. Snyder

chapter 5|17 pages

The ICF and its relationship to disability studies

ByJerome E. Bickenbach

chapter 6|17 pages

Disability and human rights

ByLucy Series
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chapter 7|13 pages

Invalidating emotions in the non-disabled imaginary

Fear, pity and disgust
ByBill Hughes

chapter 8|15 pages

Psycho-emotional disablism

The missing link?
ByDonna Reeve

chapter 9|10 pages

The biopolitics of disability and animality in Harriet McBryde Johnson

ByJan Grue, Michael Lundblad

chapter 10|15 pages

Agency, structure and emancipatory research

Researching disablement and impairment
ByNick Watson

part II|91 pages

Disablement, disablism and impairment effects

chapter 11|13 pages

Deaf identities in disability studies

ByJackie Leach Scully

chapter 12|14 pages

Theorising the position of people with learning difficulties within disability studies

Progress and pitfalls
ByKirsten Stalker

chapter 13|17 pages

Long-term disabling conditions and disability theory

BySasha Scambler

chapter 14|17 pages

Critical realism as the fourth ‘wave’

Deepening and broadening social perspectives on mental distress
ByRichard Brunner

chapter 15|13 pages

It’s about time!

Understanding the experience of speech impairment
ByKevin Paterson

chapter 16|15 pages


Disability studies and the defiance of di-vision
ByBen Whitburn, Rod Michalko

part III|99 pages

Social policy and disability: Health, personal assistance, employment and education

chapter 17|13 pages

Social suffering in the neoliberal age

Surplusisty and the partially disabled subject
ByKaren Soldatic

chapter 18|15 pages

Disabled people and employment

A UK perspective
ByRosa Morris

chapter 19|16 pages

Disability studies, inclusive education and exclusion

ByMichele Moore, Roger Slee

chapter 20|14 pages

Independent living and the failure of governments

ByCharlotte Pearson

chapter 21|10 pages

Diagnosis as social practice and the possibility of interruption

ByScot Danforth

chapter 22|16 pages

Boundary maintenance

Exploring the intersections of disability and migration
ByNicola Burns

chapter 23|13 pages

Disability in developing countries

ByTom Shakespeare

part IV|84 pages

Disability studies and interdisciplinarity

chapter 24|11 pages

The metanarrative of disability

Social encounters, cultural representation and critical avoidance
ByDavid Bolt

chapter 25|14 pages

What can philosophy tell us about disability?

BySimo Vehmas, Christopher A. Riddle

chapter 26|15 pages

The psychology of disability

ByDan Goodley

chapter 27|14 pages

Challenging the impairment/disability divide

Disability history and the social model of disability
ByMichael Rembis

chapter 28|13 pages

Disability, sport and physical activity

ByBrett Smith, Andrew C. Sparkes

chapter 29|15 pages

We have never been able-bodied

Thoughts on dis/ability and subjectivity from science and technology studies
ByVasilis Galis

part V|88 pages

Contextualising the disability experience

chapter 30|15 pages

Feminism and disability

A cartography of multiplicity
ByAna Bê

chapter 31|17 pages

Disability and sexuality

ByXanthe Hunt

chapter 32|14 pages

Race/ethnicity and disability studies

Towards an explicitly intersectional approach 1
ByDeborah Stienstra

chapter 33|12 pages

Mothering and disability

From eugenics to newgenics
ByClaudia Malacrida

chapter 34|13 pages

Understanding disabled families

Replacing tales of burden and resilience with ties of interdependency
ByJanice McLaughlin

chapter 35|15 pages

‘I hope he dies before me’

Unravelling the debates about ageing and people with intellectual disability
ByChristine Bigby