This book explores the societal resistance to accessibility for persons with disabilities, and tries to set an example of how to study exclusion in a time when numerous policies promise inclusion.

With 12 chapters organised in three parts, the book takes a comprehensive approach to accessibility, covering transport and communication, knowledge and education, law and organisation. Topics within a wide cross-disciplinary field are covered, including disability studies, social work, sociology, ethnology, social anthropology, and history. The main example is Sweden, with its implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities within the context of the Nordic welfare state. By identifying and discussing persistent social and cultural conditions as well as recurring situations and interactions that nurture resistance to advancing accessibility, despite various strong laws promoting it, the book’s conclusions are widely transferable. It argues for the value of alternating between methods, theoretical perspectives, and datasets to explore how new arenas, resources and technologies cause new accessibility concerns — and possibilities — for persons living with impairments. We need to be able to follow actors closely to uncover how they feel, act, and argue, but also to connect to wider discursive and institutional patterns and systems.

This book will be of interest to scholars and students of disability studies, social work, sociology, ethnology, social anthropology, political science, and organisation studies.

chapter |10 pages


Into the fields of stubborn obstacles and lingering exclusion
ByHanna Egard, Kristofer Hansson, David Wästerfors
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part 1|57 pages

City and transport

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chapter 2|12 pages

The bus trip

Constraints, hierarchies and injustice
ByVanessa Stjernborg
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chapter 3|16 pages

Monitoring the standard – here, now and in person

Detecting accessibility faults as an engaged citizen
ByDavid Wästerfors
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chapter 4|14 pages

Traveling insecurely

The association of security and accessibility in public transport
ByKristofer Hansson
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part 2|87 pages

Knowledge and education

chapter 5|19 pages

Struggles for inclusion

The unrecognised toil of hearing-impaired students
ByPatrick Stefan Kermit
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chapter 6|17 pages

Gatekeepers and gatekeeping

On participation and marginalisation in everyday life
BySangeeta Bagga-Gupta, Giulia Messina Dahlberg, Lars Almén
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chapter 7|16 pages

Still waiting for the hand to be raised

On being crip killjoys at an ableist university
ByElisabet Apelmo, Camilla Nordgren
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chapter 8|17 pages

Access to sexuality

Disabled people's experiences of multiple barriers
ByJulia Bahner
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chapter 9|16 pages

New barriers and new possibilities

Confronting language inaccessibility in and around a pandemic
ByLiz Adams Lyngbäck, Mia Larsdotter, Enni Paul
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part 3|56 pages

Institution, law and history

chapter 10|12 pages

It is supposed to be a home

Barriers to everyday life decisions in group homes
ByEric Svanelöv, Lena Talman
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chapter 11|15 pages

Making the law invisible

How bureaucratic resistance makes support inaccessible
ByBarbro Lewin
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chapter 12|24 pages

Using building requirements as a means to create inclusion

Accessibility and usability at a crossroads
ByJonas E. Andersson
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chapter |3 pages


ByRannveig Traustadóttir
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