This book examines how contemporary societies organise and
control generational boundaries and progression through the life
course for disabled people. There are specific chapters on
birthrights and eugenics, childhood, youth transitions,
interdependence and adulthood, old age and death and dying. The
emphasis is on contemporary policy and politics (located within a
broader sociological and cultural context) including the claims and
struggles of the disabled people’s movement. The discussion
is framed within a social model approach and draws extensively on
contemporary international debates about the citizenship and human
rights of disabled people.
The book functions both as a resource guide and as a tool for
learning. The various chapters include reviews of existing
literature and theoretical debates, alongside specific examples of
disabling policies and practices in different countries. There are
also case studies illustrating key issues, together with relevant
discussion and teaching points, and suggestions for further
research and reading.
The book addresses an international readership and will be of particular interest to students and teachers of disability studies, sociology, human development, social policy; to professionals and students within rehabilitation and social work; and to disabled people and lay readers with an interest in contemporary disability issues and debates.
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Chapter 1: Generating disability.
Chapter 2: Birth rights.
Chapter 3: Disability and childhood.
Chapter 4: Transition? What transition?.
Chapter 5: The myths and realities of adulthood.
Chapter 6: Becoming older.
Chapter 7: A matter of life and death.