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Disability studies today
Barnes, Colin, 1946-
Publication Information:
Cambridge, UK : Polity Press in association with Blackwell Publishers, [2002]

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viii, 280 pages ; 23 cm
American pragmatism, sociology and the development of disability studies / Gary Albrecht -- Disability theory : key ideas, issues and thinkers / Carol Thomas -- Disability and the body / Bill Hughes -- Theorizing divisions and hierarchies : towards commonality or diversity / Ayeshea Vernon and John Swain -- History, power and identity / Anne Borsay -- Work, disabled people, and European social theory / Paul Abberley -- Shooting for the moon : disability and politics at the millennium / Phil Lee -- Academic debates and political advocacy : the US disability movement / Harlan Hahn -- Globalisation and disability / Chris Holden. and peter beresford. -- Disability and globalising the concept of human rights: marcia rioux. -- Re-viewing disability research: geof mercer. -- Disability, the academy and the inclusive society: colin barnes, mike oliver and len barton..

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Over recent years there has been an unprecedented upsurge ofinterest in the general area of disability and disability studiesamongst academics and researchers throughout the world. This hasgenerated an increasingly expansive literature, from a variety ofperspectives, including cultural studies, development studies,geography, history, philosophy, social policy, social psychologyand sociology. Perhaps inevitably, given this heightened interest,a number of important challenges and debates have emerged whichraise many significant questions for all those interested in thisnewly emergent and increasingly important field. DisabilityStudies Today provides an invaluable introduction to and anoverview of these concerns and controversies.

Although the field is increasingly interdisciplinary in nature,the emphasis is primarily a sociological one since sociologycontinues to play a central role in the development of disabilitystudies. Whilst the focus is primarily on theoretical innovationand advancement, the arguments presented in this book haveimportant political and policy implications for both disabled andnon-disabled people. Moreover, since disability studies, likeethnic, women's and gay and lesbian studies, has developedfrom a position of engagement and activism rather than one ofdetachment, the articles in this volume maintain this tradition.The book contains contributions from established figures, as wellas newcomers to the field. Topics covered include: the history ofthe development of disability studies in Britain and America, keyideas, issues and thinkers, the role of the body, divisions andhierarchies, history, power and identity, work, politics and thedisabled peoples' movement, globalization, human rights,research and the role of the academy.

This book will prove invaluable to scholars, researchers,students and policy makers and, indeed, all those involved in thisincreasingly important area of social enquiry.

Author Notes

Colin Barnes is Professor of Disability Studies at the Centre for Disability Studies, Department of Sociology, University of Leeds; Mike Oliver is Professor of Disability Studies in the School of Social Sciences, University of Greenwich and Len Barton is Professor of Inclusive Education at the Institute of Education, University of London.

Table of Contents

Colin Barnes and Mike Oliver and Len BartonGary L. AlbrechtCarol ThomasBill HughesAyesha Vernon and John SwainAnne BorsayPaul AbberleyPhil LeeHarlan HahnChris Holden and Peter BeresfordMarcia H. RiouxGeof MercerColin Barnes and Mike Oliver and Len Barton
Contributorsp. vii
1 Introductionp. 1
2 American Pragmatism, Sociology and the Development of Disability Studiesp. 18
3 Disability Theory: Key Ideas, Issues and Thinkersp. 38
4 Disability and the Bodyp. 58
5 Theorizing Divisions and Hierarchies: Towards a Commonality or Diversity?p. 77
6 History, Power and Identityp. 98
7 Work, Disability, Disabled People and European Social Theoryp. 120
8 Shooting for the Moon: Politics and Disability at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Centuryp. 139
9 Academic Debates and Political Advocacy: The US Disability Movementp. 162
10 Globalization and Disabilityp. 190
11 Disability, Citizenship and Rights in a Changing Worldp. 210
12 Emancipatory Disability Researchp. 228
13 Disability, the Academy and the Inclusive Societyp. 250
Indexp. 261